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PR No.20 ENHANCING PARLIAMENTARY RELATIONS BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND BELARUS: RABBANI MEETS BELARUSIAN PRESIDENT MOU SIGNED BETWEEN SENATE OF PAKISTAN, COUNCIL OF THE REPUBLIC OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF BELARUS Islamabad

In a first ever concrete effort to enhance the parliamentary relations between Pakistan and Belarus, the Senate of Pakistan and Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus have formally singed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for further boosting mutual trust and understanding.

The MoU was signed at a high level interaction between the delegation of the Senate of Pakistan headed by Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani and the Chairman of the Council of the Republic of National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich in Minsk, Belarus on Thursday. The Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani is in Belarus with a first ever parliamentary delegation to further explore the possibilities of increased cooperation between the people of two sides. The delegation comprises of the Senators and senior officers of the Senate Secretariat including Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik. Both the Houses have agreed to increase cooperation in the areas of exchange of parliamentary delegations and secretarial staff, Create Friendship Groups within both the Parliaments and promote close interaction between the Members of the Friendship Groups.

Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani termed the MoU a new chapter in parliamentary relationship between the two countries.

Both sides have agreed to develop a mechanism for yearly exchange of visits of Chairman Senate and the Belarusian counterparts and regulars interaction of parliamentary delegations of the two countries at international parliamentary fora for shaping a consensus bases approach on various regional and international issues.

Promotion of capacity building of parliamentarians and human resource development through exchange of experiences, knowledge and expertise, implementation of study visits are some of the other important aspects of the bilateral MoU which have been agreed jointly to maximize and diversify the interaction between two parliaments.

Earlier, the Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani had a meeting with the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and discussed the issues of mutual interest between the two countries.  Both the sides have agreed to enhance the cooperation through improving the parliamentary linkages for better social and economic ties.

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