Saturday, 19, January, 2019

On the invitation of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko arrived in our country on September 12 with an official visit.

The main events of the visit began today with the official meeting in Kuksaroy residence.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, greeting the high guest on Uzbek soil, noted that Uzbekistan and Belarus were sincere friends and reliable partners.

- During our meeting in Samarkand in 2016, we agreed to comprehensively enhance bilateral ties. Over the past two years, the bilateral cooperation has reached a level that pleases our people, with the bilateral trade volume in 2017 increasing by 60 percent. And in January-July this year it grew almost fourfold, which is unprecedented and testifies that there is still huge untapped potential. Moreover, the economies of our countries complement each other," said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The President of Belarus expressed gratitude to the head of our state for the invitation.

"The reform efforts undertaken under your leadership in Uzbekistan deserves the highest appreciation," Alexander Lukashenko said. - You have made wise reforms in both domestic and foreign policies. Uzbekistan with 33-million population is heading in the right direction and has improved the ties with neighboring countries. I congratulate you on this successful political course. We are ready to cooperate and exchange experience in mutually beneficial areas.

A wide range of issues were discussed at the talks. The parties agreed to strengthen the political dialogue, consistently develop mutually beneficial ties.

Sharing views on the international and regional issues, the two leaders confirmed the similarity of the positions on many issues and 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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