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Belarusian President received by Nawaz Sharif at Nur Khan airbase

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ISLAMABAD: Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, was received by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Nur Khan airbase upon his landing in Islamabad on Thursday on a two-day official visit after being invited by President Mamnoon Hussain.

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This is the first time that a Belarus president pays a visit to Pakistan. He was honoured at Nur Khan airbase with a 21 gun salute.

The visiting bigwig was offered bouquets of flowers by two children in traditional costume.

The president Lukashenko is scheduled to hold meetings with Mamnoon Hussain and Nawaz Sharif during his stay in Pakistan, and several vital agreements and memorandum of understandings are expected to be signed between the two nations.

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This visit by the Belarusian president is a stride towards underpinning existing relations between Belarus and Pakistan.

The Republic of Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest.

The 61-years-old Alexander Grigoryevich Lukasheko was seen as a champion against corruption before he was elected as a president for the first time in 20 July, 1994. He was the only deputy to vote against the independence of Belarus form the Soviet Union.

On account of his self-described authoritarian style of government, however, Lukashenko has been called ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ by some Western journalists.

Further, his visiting Pakistan is a positive sign for Pakistan.

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