SAMARKAND, 15 September (BelTA) – Concrete and substantive agreements have been reached as a result of the visit of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko to Samarkand, BelTA learned from Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei on the sidelines of the ongoing Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
Vladimir Makei said: “The itinerary of the president's stay in Samarkand is very intensive and the first minutes of his stay in Uzbekistan demonstrated it. A number of meetings have been held, in particular, with the Uzbekistan president, the secretary general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Pakistan prime minister, and the China president. Concrete and very substantive agreements have been reached.”
During the talks in Samarkand Aleksandr Lukashenko and Shavkat Mirziyoyev summed up results of bilateral cooperation in the last few years. The presidents stated that Belarus-Uzbekistan trade had quintupled in the last five years.
Vladimir Makei went on saying: “A cooperation roadmap has been prepared. It provides for promising avenues of interaction. The presidents drew attention to the need to unconditionally honor all the agreements. There is an understanding that contacts at the top level have to continue. Instructions were given to work out concrete projects in anticipation of a future meeting of our leaders.”
Vladimir Makei described Aleksandr Lukashenko's meeting with the prime minister of Pakistan as very interesting, important, and warm. “We have secured great advances in cooperation with this country. Regretfully, trade turnover has dropped somewhat recently. But the prime minister of Pakistan and the president of Belarus agreed that we will soon exchange delegations, will work out a concrete plan of our cooperation for the near future. I think the next meeting of our leaders will be organized within a very short period of time. These plans may be signed during this meeting,” the Belarusian minister of foreign affairs added.