Uzbekistan president to make first official visit to Belarus

TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will pay the first official visit to Belarus on July 31-August 1, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Belarus Nasirdjan Yusupov told a press briefing in Minsk, Belarusian BelTA news agency reported.

“In the run-up and during the official visit of the head of Uzbekistan, we together with Belarusian partners will hold a number of activities in Minsk. These include the Forum of Regions of Belarus and Uzbekistan, the national exhibition ‘Made in Uzbekistan’, a ceremony to open a bust to the great Uzbek poet and thinker Alisher Navoi, and the Uzbekistan Culture Days,” the ambassador said.

The ambassador also highlighted the importance of the Belarusian president’s official visit to Uzbekistan in September 2018 which “opened a new page in the history of Belarus-Uzbek relations and filled them with practical content.”

Ambassador Yusupov also said that Uzbekistan hopes to reach $1 billion in trade with Belarus in the coming years.

The diplomat believes that there is a huge untapped potential of bilateral cooperation. In his words, to reach $1 billion in mutual trade is an ambitious goal. He added that the development of interregional ties would help the two countries come closer to this benchmark.

The ambassador also provided details on the program of the forthcoming Forum of Regions of Belarus and Uzbekistan which is due to be held in Minsk on July 29-30. Taking part in the event will be Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich and First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis (Uzbek Parliament) Sadiq Safaev. The parties are expected to sign a number of interregional agreements and contracts at the forum.

Sergey Kwan