Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Alexander Lukashenko hold negotiations

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( -- On 12 September, the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Uzbekistan with an official visit at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The main events of the visit began on September 13 with the official meeting at Kuksaroy residence. This was reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Alexander Lukashenko held negotiations in a narrow format.

The President of Uzbekistan, welcoming the distinguished guest, noted that Uzbekistan and Belarus are sincere friends and reliable partners.

– At our meeting in Samarkand in 2016, we agreed to comprehensively strengthen interstate relations. Over the past two years, cooperation between our countries has reached a level that pleases our people. The trade turnover in 2017 increased by 60 percent. In January-July this year, it grew almost fourfold. This is a unique result, which shows that there is a huge potential for cooperation, aspiration of our people for rapprochement. Moreover, the economies of our countries have a mutually complementary structure, –Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.

The President of Belarus expressed gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for the invitation.

– Activities carried out under Your leadership in Uzbekistan deserves the highest appreciation, – noted Alexander Lukashenko. – You have implemented wise changes in both domestic and foreign policy. You are driving a country with a 33-million population on the right path. Strengthened relations with neighboring countries. I congratulate You on this successful political course. We are ready to cooperate and exchange experience in mutually beneficial spheres.

A wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation was discussed at the meeting. The parties agreed to strengthen the political dialogue, consistently develop mutually beneficial ties.

Sharing views on international and regional agenda, the heads of states confirmed the coincidence of positions of the sides on many current issues. They expressed their readiness to support each other within the framework of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Independent States and other international structures.

Alexander Lukashenko invited Shavkat Mirziyoyev to visit Belarus at any time convenient for him.

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