TASHKENT, 8 February (BelTA) – Belarus and Uzbekistan are ready to supply medicines and food to Afghanistan, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told reporters after the talks with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Tashkent on 8 February, BelTA has learned.
According to the head of state, cooperation with third countries, in particular with Afghanistan, was discussed during the negotiations. The presidents paid a lot of attention to this matter.
“The neighboring states, especially long-suffering Afghanistan (Shavkat Miromonovich told me a lot about it), need our help and support, they need essentials like medicines, food and clothing. We can be of great help to Afghanistan if we join forces. All conditions for this have been created in Uzbekistan. This is a very promising avenue of work for us,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
“We have agreed to build poultry factories. Uzbekistan produces enough poultry and eggs to meet domestic needs, but we need more of these products (it was the president’s idea) in order to sell them to the neighbors, first of all, to the Afghans. We stick to this down-to-earth approach. And we are ready to work together,” the Belarusian leader emphasized. “In other words, we tried to be pragmatic during our talks and proceeded from the needs of the people of Uzbekistan, Belarus and their neighbors; you know, you cannot choose neighbors, they are sent by God. And I support the policy of the Uzbekistan president who is trying to build good human relations with its southern neighbor Afghanistan,” the Belarusian head of state added.