Uzbekistan and Belarus: Concrete steps towards cooperation

During the visit on 1 August in Minsk, Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev hailed Belarus' successful development and the head of state's personal contribution to it. “Peacefully and sustainably developing Belarus is an example to follow for many countries. We are sincerely happy for the country's successful reforms and vibrant development. Thanks to a clever policy of Aleksandr Lukashenko, Belarus' potential has been redoubled in many areas. We can see it and rejoice at these successes. The main thing is that a considerable improvement to the level of living standards has been secured in the country,” he stressed.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed gratitude to Aleksandr Lukashenko for his contribution to friendship and cooperation between the countries. “Our relations are fraternal. Our friendship, the political will of the two presidents helped address the issues we had. Today we are looking at an absolutely different direction in the development of our relations. It is quite a difficult but the only correct path to follow,” the Uzbekistan president said. In his words, some $300 million worth of contracts and agreements were signed during the Forum of Regions and Uzbekistan's exhibition of products. “These are big figures,” the president said and added that when he took the office the relations with Belarus started almost from scratch.

“We had no contracts of the kind. This happened only thanks to the political will of the two presidents. This shows that there are wide opportunities for building up partnerships between our regions,” he said. Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed confidence that the visit to Belarus would “add a powerful impetus to bilateral relations, expand the partnership with new content.” The parties outlined future tasks and agreed to expand cooperation in the political, trade, economic, innovative, cultural and humanitarian areas.

“We must implement everything we have agreed upon. This is going to be the most difficult year. We need not only to keep the trade at the present level but also do our best to increase it,” the Uzbekistan leader said. MPs of the two countries will monitor the implementation of the agreements. Shavkat Mirziyoyev invited Aleksandr Lukashenko to pay an official visit to Uzbekistan to get familiar with the operation of the joint companies. The president of Uzbekistan also extended greetings to Belarus on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation from the Nazis, and thanked the country for the erection of a bust to Uzbek poet Alisher Navaiy in Minsk.

“We are happy to welcome you here. Over the past two years we have fully renewed our relations. Actually we have created them anew. Over the past two years we have achieved much more than we did over the last 25 years of our relations,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. During the meeting, the heads of state are set to discuss not only the advances in bilateral cooperation but also the shortcomings. “There are no closed topics in Belarus. There are no issues that we cannot solve. We can solve any matters together. Our economies do not compete with each other. They are complementary. The goods that we manufacture will find their customers in Uzbekistan. Everything that you produce will be in demand here. I think, we will have our place in the industrial and agricultural revolution that you have started in Uzbekistan,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The  Presidents have repeatedly stressed during the conversation that they will do everything possible to ensure that the relations between Minsk and Tashkent developed rapidly in the future. By the way, Shavkat Mirziyoyev invited Alexander Lukashenko to Uzbekistan.



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