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ISLAMABAD, April 11, 2017: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan regards Belarus as an important country of the region and is keen to further bilateral relations in various sectors to the mutual benefit of both countries. The President also welcomed the desire of Belarus to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and hoped that it will quicken the pace of development in the region.
The President was talking to Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Andreichenko, who along-with a delegation called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Tuesday. Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, Chairman Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and senior officials were also present on the occasion.
The President appreciated the efforts of political leadership of Belarus to promote bilateral relations with Pakistan and hoped that the anticipated visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to Belarus in August this year will be instrumental in furthering bilateral ties between the two countries. The President said that positive developments on economic and political fronts between the two countries have provided solid basis to bilateral cooperation adding that regular exchange of high level visits and parliamentary delegations is reflective of growing partnership between Pakistan and Belarus. He underlined that there is scope for mutual cooperation in agriculture, pharmaceutical, manufacturing of light machinery, oil and gas sectors between the two countries.
President Mamnoon Hussain stated that Pakistan greatly values Belarusian support for its membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). The President noted that mutual collaboration between the two countries at international level is of great significance and expressed gratitude on support of Belarus to Pakistani candidate for seat at Council of Administration of Universal Postal Union (UPU). The President underscored for expanding cooperation between the two countries in the field of defense and training.
President Mamnoon Hussain said that establishment of Urdu Chair in Belarus University and Belarusian Chair in Pakistan is a positive development along with growing of bilateral relations in educational and cultural fields. The President felicitated on successful holding of Parliamentary election in Belarus in 2016 and hoped that it will further strengthen democracy in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Vladimir Andreichenko said that his country is desirous of enhancing bilateral relations with Pakistan and called for launching joint ventures in various sectors to the mutual benefits of two countries. He stated that there is lot of scope for investment in pharmaceutical sector of Belarus and invited Pakistani pharmaceutical companies to take advantage of the opportunities so that the former could benefit from its expertise. He apprised that presently 50 Pakistani students were studying in Belarus and stressed the need for increasing cooperation in the fields of education and culture between the two countries to enhance people-to-people contacts. He said that both countries should work together for increasing bilateral trade as envisaged by the leaders of two countries. He also conveyed best wishes from the President and people of Belarus for the Government and people of Pakistan.
The President also extended best wishes for the President, Government and the people of Belarus on behalf of the people and Government of Pakistan.