Nawaz dis­cusses Pak-Be­larus eco­nomic ties with traders

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Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif ar­rived here Mon­day on a three-day of­fi­cial visit to ex­plore new av­enues of co­op­er­a­tion with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on co­op­er­a­tion in energy, trade and de­fence.

A warm re­cep­tion was ac­corded to the Prime Min­is­ter as he alighted from his spe­cial air­craft at the Minsk In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Flags of Pak­istan and Be­larus flut­tered atop the air­port build­ing and a red car­pet was rolled out. The visit to the Eastern Euro­pean coun­try, on the in­vi­ta­tion of Pres­i­dent Alexan­der Lukashenko of Be­larus, is the first ever visit by a Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan to Be­larus. Pres­i­dent of Be­larus, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter re­ceived the Prime Min­is­ter and his del­e­ga­tion at the air­port. The Prime Min­is­ter was pre­sented a guard of hon­our by the con­tin­gents of the Be­laru­sian armed forces. Na­tional an­thems of the two coun­tries were played and the two sides in­tro­duced mem­bers of their re­spec­tive del­e­ga­tions to the other side.

The Prime Min­is­ter will hold ex­clu­sive and del­e­ga­tion level talks with the Be­laru­sian Pres­i­dent, meet the Prime Min­is­ter, the Chair­man of the Coun­cil of Re­pub­lic (up­per house) and the Chair­man of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (lower house) dur­ing his stay. He is also sched­uled to visit in­dus­trial units and at­tend a cer­e­mony at the Be­laru­sian State Univer­sity where he will be con­ferred the ti­tle of Honorary Pro­fes­sor. The Prime Min­is­ter will hold ex­clu­sive and del­e­ga­tion level talks with the Be­laru­sian Pres­i­dent, meet the Prime Min­is­ter, the Chair­man of the Coun­cil of Re­pub­lic (up­per house) and the Chair­man of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (lower house) dur­ing his stay. He is also sched­uled to visit in­dus­trial units and at­tend a cer­e­mony at the Be­laru­sian State Univer­sity where he will be con­ferred the ti­tle of Honorary Pro­fes­sor.

The land­locked for­mer state of the Soviet Union that neigh­bours Rus­sia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithua­nia and Latvia, is spread over an area of 207,600 sq km, and has a pop­u­la­tion of 9.466 mil­lion, of which 83.7 per cent is Be­laru­sian, while 8.3 per­cent with Rus­sian eth­nic­ity. Be­larus is known for its well es­tab­lished in­dus­trial units of met­al­lurgy, me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, in­clud­ing trac­tors and agri­cul­tural, cars, ma­chine-tool con­struct­ing and tool in­dus­try.

Ear­lier, Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif Mon­day held a meet­ing with the busi­ness­men on board ac­com­pa­ny­ing him for his three-day of­fi­cial visit to Be­larus.

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