Pakistan, Belarus to launch JVs in light industry, pharmacy

Pakistan, Belarus affirm to take bilateral trade to $ 1 bln by 2020

ISLAMABAD, Oct 5 (APP): Pakistan and Belarus Wednesday
expressed interest launching joint ventures in light industry, pharmacy, vegetable products, forestry besides activation of direct contacts at the small and medium business levels, between the two countries.

A joint statement issued at the end of talks between President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif noted the constructive development of bilateral ties and called for their intensification, in the mutual interest of Belarus and Pakistan.

During the talks the two sides also stressed further
development of the political dialogue between the two countries, strengthening of inter parliamentary relations, trade and economic relations, besides expansion of legal framework for bilateral cooperation.

The President of Belarus appreciated Pakistan’s adherence to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Guidelines and Control Lists, commitment to non proliferation, nuclear safety and security and Pakistan’s 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 joint statement said that during the talks President
of Belarus and Prime Minister 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 issues of mutual interest
on international agenda.

Pakistan and Belarus welcomed the establishment of their
respective parliamentary friendship groups and termed it an important component of bilateral cooperation.

Both 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.

Both the sides noted the importance of inking of a
number of documents related to expansion of areas of
cooperation in the field of agriculture, industrial cooperation, crime counteraction, education, postal, customs and banking collaboration.

Pakistan and Belarus discussed the current state of
Pakistan India relations and the situation in Jammu and

“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 two sides also 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.

Both the countries agreed on continuing the practice of
mutual support of initiatives and candidatures from both countries within international organizations.

They also noted the active work being undertaken by both
the countries in development of international cooperation in key areas of economy.

Pakistan and Belarus positively assessed 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 extended support to the activities of the Belarusian and Pakistani Trade Committee.

It was also agreed to extend all possible assistance in
expansion of contacts in business, scientific, cultural,
educational and other circles of both countries.

The two sides in a bid to boost interregional ties
stressed importance of mutual visits of delegations, implementation of joint programs of cooperation at regional level, participation in regional fairs, exhibitions and cultural events.

The Belarusian government expressed gratitude to the
Pakistan for allocation of plot for construction of its
Embassy. Pakistan thanked Belarus for its offer of land for Pakistan Embassy in Minsk.

Both the countries expressed confidence in further development of bilateral dialogue on the basis of equal and mutually beneficial partnership due to implementation of their agreements and the documents signed during the visit.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko thanked Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif and the people of Pakistan for a warm
welcome and invited him to visit Belarus at a convenient time.

Details of the visit will be coordinated through diplomatic