Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif welcomed Mr Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus on arrival at PM House Islamabad. The Prime Minister and the President held a one-on-one meeting at PM House. The Prime Minister congratulated the President on the successful holding of Parliamentary elections in Belarus last month.
‘Your visit is reflective of our growing friendship and bilateral ties. I am very pleased to note that our bilateral relationship is expanding in diverse areas. We need to maintain this momentum’, said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister further said that Pakistan and Belarus have signed over 50 Agreements and MoUs in the last 16 months. ‘I am pleased to note that both sides will sign more MoU during this visit’, added the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister stressed to accelerate implementation of these Agreements and MoUs.
The Prime Minister said that both the countries need to fully tap the huge potential and work hard towards the goal of enhancing the bilateral trade volume from $ 50 million to $ 1 billion in the next four years.
‘The security situation in Pakistan has improved considerably, paving the way for increased economic and investment opportunities. We need to further encourage joint ventures and business to business contacts in the areas of textiles, agricultural equipment and products, heavy machinery, pharmaceuticals, and automotives’ emphasized the Prime Minister.
Mr Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus thanked the Prime Minister for the warm welcomed extended to him and his delegation in Pakistan. The President deeply appreciated the progress and development made in various sectors of Pakistani economy. He congratulated the Prime Minister for the economic turn around and huge successes made in the war against terror.
Mr Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus is eager to enhance cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields and sectors. He stressed that both the countries need to fully capitalise on the huge potential which will certainly benefit the people of both the countries.