Belarusian President arrives on three-day visit; PM receives

ISLAMABAD, Oct 4 (APP): President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko was accorded a warm welcome as he arrived here Tuesday on a three-day visit to Pakistan.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif received the President of Belarus and his delegation at the Noor Khan Airbase.

Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi and senior officials were also present.

The Belarusian President, who is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of Prime Minister Sharif, is accompanied by deputy prime minister and five ministers including ministers for foreign affairs, industry, agriculture, education, taxation and revenue besides other high level officials.

This is the third leadership level visit from Belarus and second by Alexander Lukashenko in 16 months.

Apart from official talks with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the Belarusian President will hold meeting with President Mamnoon Hussain. A number of important agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were expected to be signed during the visit.

Prime Minister Sharif and President Lukashenko will inaugurate the Fourth Pakistan-Belarus Business and Investment Forum on Wednesday.

A 23-member strong business delegation from Belarus is already in Pakistan to explore mutual beneficial business opportunities through business to business deals with Pakistani counterparts.

Bilateral relations between Pakistan and Belarus have progressed at a rapid pace over the last two years.

This visit is reflective of these growing ties and will provide impetus to further expanding bilateral relations in a range of areas including political, economic, trade, investment and other areas of mutual interest.