Developing relations with Islamabad is not a priority for Minsk

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April 22, 2016 19:20

During talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Lukashenka said that Belarus and Pakistan were keen to develop effective and mutually beneficial cooperation.

In Islamabad in May 2015, President Lukashenka talked about the need for a "road map" of cooperation between Belarus and Pakistan the Belarusian government however had not prepared any drafts for the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif to Minsk, but promised to do so by October 2015. Currently, official Minsk is unlikely to focus on developing trade-economic and military cooperation with Pakistan due to their modest potential in terms of exports of Belarusian goods and investment potential of Pakistani business.

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