PR No.42 JOINT STATEMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS AND THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN Islamabad
The President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko paid an
official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at the invitation of
the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif on
4-6 October, 2016.
In an atmosphere of high trust and mutual understanding, the
President of the Republic of Belarus and the Prime Minister of the
Islamic Republic of Pakistan comprehensively reviewed the whole range of
bilateral relations. Both leaders reaffirmed their mutual commitment to
further developing and deepening of the friendly relations between the
two countries in political, trade, economic, social, humanitarian and
other areas. They also exchanged views on topical issues of mutual
interest on the international agenda. While noting the constant
adherence of both countries to the aims of the United Nations Charter
and generally recognized principles and norms of international law, the
two leaders stated the following:
The Republic of Belarus and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
(hereinafter referred to as the Sides) noted the constructive
development of bilateral relations and confirmed the necessity of their
intensification, which corresponds to the interests of Belarus and
- The Sides attach great importance to further development of the
political dialogue between the two countries, strengthening of
inter-parliamentary relations, trade and economic relations, as well as
the expansion of the legal framework for bilateral cooperation.
- The Sides state the importance of signing a number of documents
related to the expansion of areas of cooperation in the field of
agriculture, industrial cooperation, crime counteraction, education,
postal, customs and banking collaboration.
- Assessing inter-parliamentary ties as an important component of
bilateral cooperation, the Sides welcomed the establishment of their
respective parliamentary friendship groups.
- Noting the similarity of approaches to key international and
regional issues, the Sides reaffirmed their commitment to the
universally recognized norms of international law, the purposes and
principles of the United Nations charter, strengthening of the role of
the UN in addressing the complex issues, maintaining international peace
and security, modern challenges and threats, such as international
terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, illegal
production and sale of drugs, refugees, human trafficking and
natural and technological disasters. Recognizing its fundamental role in
the maintenance of international peace and security, the Sides called
for a comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council that corresponds
to the interests of all Member States and garners the widest possible political acceptance of member states.
- Appreciating Pakistan’s information about its adherence to the NSG
Guidelines and Control Lists, commitment to non-proliferation, nuclear
safety and security as well as about the ability to supply items on the
NSG Control Lists, Belarus emphasized the importance of a
non-discriminatory approach to the issue of non-NPT states membership in
the NSG that should lead to its settlement by consensus.
- The Sides exchanged views on the current state of relations between
Pakistan and India as well as the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. They
underlined the need for resolution of all outstanding issues between
Pakistan and India including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through
peaceful means and in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
- The Sides reaffirmed their support for an Afghan-owned and
Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. Belarus
underscored the important role of Pakistan including through the
Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) to promote peace and development
in Afghanistan as well as in the wider region.
- The Sides decided upon continuing the practice of mutual support of
initiatives and candidatures from both countries within international
- The Sides noted the active work of the Government of the Republic of
Belarus and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the development of
international cooperation in key areas of economy.
- The Sides positively assess the activities of the Joint Belarusian
and Pakistani Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation as the
coordinating body in developing bilateral trade and economic relations
and support the activities of the Belarusian and Pakistani Trade
- The Sides stipulated the importance and necessity of providing
possible assistance in expansion of contacts in business, scientific,
cultural, educational and other circles of both countries.
- The Sides express interest in the development of mutually beneficial
relations between the sectoral Ministries, activation of direct
contacts at the small and medium business levels, implementation of
joint ventures in vegetable products, light industry, pharmacy, forestry
on the territories of the Republic of Belarus and the Islamic Republic
- The Sides support development of interregional relations as an
important component of bilateral relations, note the necessity of
activation of mutual visits of delegations, implementation of joint
programs of cooperation at the regional level, participation in regional
fairs, exhibitions and cultural events.
- The Belarusian Side expressed gratitude to the Pakistanis Side for
allocation of the land plot for construction of the Embassy of the
Republic of Belarus in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Pakistani
Side thanked the Belarusian Side for its offer of land for Pakistan
Embassy in Minsk.
- The Sides expressed confidence in the further development of the
bilateral dialogue on the basis of equal and mutually beneficial
partnership due to implementation of the reached agreements and the
documents signed during the visit.
- Satisfied by the negotiations held in a friendly atmosphere, the
Sides noted that the summit meeting made a significant contribution
toand opened new prospects in the further development of friendly
relations between the Republic of Belarus and the Islamic Republic of
The President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko thanked
the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and
the people of Pakistan for a warm welcome and invited the Prime
Minister of Pakistan to visit the Republic of Belarus at a convenient
time. The invitation was gratefully accepted. Details of the visit will
be coordinated through diplomatic channels.