MINSK, 12 December (BelTA) – Russia's Tatarstan is set to foster bilateral relations with Belarus, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov said as he met with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 12 December, BelTA has learned.
Rustam Minnikhanov thanked the Belarusian side for hospitality. “Every visit to your wonderful country brings about a lot of positive emotions,” the Tatarstan head said. In his words, the delegation has visited the Belarusian Autoworks today. “The plant produces the world's largest truck with the carrying capacity of 450 tonnes. This is a unique enterprise,” he said.
The day before, Rustam Minnikhanov met with the Tatar community in Belarus and visited the Minsk Cathedral Mosque. “More than 7,000 Tatars live here. They told me about their lives and said that they are very happy with the dynamics of the country's development. At the same time, they have retained their identity," the head of Tatarstan said.
“Muslims are treated well in Belarus!" Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“On the contrary, many would envy such conditions,” Rustam Minnikhanov responded.
“These people are good as gold. They have never let me down. Never," the Belarusian head of state continued.
“They never will,” the head of Tatarstan assured.More about Politics