MINSK, 23 October (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko reaffirmed Belarus' commitment to the development of cooperation with Uzbekistan. He made the statement at the meeting with Secretary of the Security Council under the aegis of the Uzbekistan President Viktor Makhmudov on 23 October, BelTA informs.
“All our agreements with the president of Uzbekistan are sacred. We will definitely fulfill our obligations. Tell my good friend that we will fulfill our agreements,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
The head of state praised the dynamic development of relations between Belarus and Uzbekistan. “I am saying this all the time. Within a couple years we have made such a big progress that we could not make during previous two decades,” he said. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized a big role of Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in it.
The Belarusian president praised the achievements of the Uzbekistan head of state, including in the foreign policy. “He quickly normalized relations with neighbors, he is doing a lot on the international arena, maintains excellent relations with the West and the East,” the Belarusian leader said. “Therefore, the background for our relations is very good, and we are happy to have such relations.”
The head of state reminded that during his recent visit to Uzbekistan the sides agreed to work out a concrete roadmap for the further development of cooperation. One of its parts is focused on cooperation in military technology, and this is the focus of Viktor Makhmudov's visit to Belarus. In this regard, Alexander Lukashenko promised to share Belarus' best practices and achievements in this sector if it is of interest for the defense industry of Uzbekistan. This includes many aspects, from personnel training to armament.
Viktor Makhmudov, in turn, mentioned positive cooperation of the two countries in military technology. “Virtually the whole roadmap [a plan of tactical actions to further develop security cooperation between Belarus and Uzbekistan in 2017-2018] has been implemented. We are satisfied with the results. After our consultations we signed a new roadmap for 2019-2020,” he said.
The secretary of the Security Council under the aegis of the Uzbekistan President stays in Belarus on a visit on 22-25 October. The program of the visit also includes a number of events aimed at promoting Belarusian products for military purposes on the market of Uzbekistan.More about President