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Lukashenko goes to Tajikistan on official visit

MINSK, 27 October (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has embarked on an official trip to the Republic of Tajikistan, BelTA learnt from the presidential press service.

The Belarusian head of state is expected to hold one-on-one and extended meetings with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon to discuss a wide range of issues regarding mutually beneficial Belarusian-Tajik cooperation. The sides are supposed to sign an array of bilateral documents including in trade and economic cooperation, culture and art, youth policy, and prevention of emergency situations.

The President of Belarus will also visit the Parliament of Tajikistan, industrial, social and cultural facilities.

During the visit Alexander Lukashenko is accompanied by a representative delegation of Belarus, the members of which will hold talks with Tajik colleagues about the prospects of cross-sectoral interaction.

Previous official visit of the President of Belarus in Tajikistan took place in April 2000. In July 2001 Emomali Rahmon visited Belarus. The heads of state also meet regularly at various international forums.

On the international scene, Belarus and Tajikistan maintain constructive cooperation.

In 2010, Belarus-Tajikistan trade amounted to $47.6 million, up 4.2% from 2009. In January-August 2011, the trade increased by more than 84%. This year Belarus’ main exports to Tajikistan were sugar, tractors, fluoride, wood products, furniture, and medicines.