Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to assist Tajikistan at any time


Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to assist Tajikistan at any time

September 14 the President of Belarus began a working visit to Tajikistan. Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council.

The main theme of the meeting is the strengthening of military cooperation in the region. On September 14, the Belarusian head of state met with the President of Tajikistan.   

Belarusian plane with Alexander Lukashenko on board landed in the Tajik airport yesterday in the afternoon.

The airport is located right in the city, just several kilometers from the center of Dushanbe. Alexander Lukashenko at the red carpet was met by a delegation of Belarusian and Tajik officials. After 15 minutes of communication within the airport building, Alexander Lukashenko's motorcade headed to the palace where the leader of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, was already waiting.

Belarusian-Tajik relations were characterized as friendly for many years. The political dialogue represents a long-standing relationship between proven partners. The countries not only support each other in the international arena, but are also in constant contact within the CIS and the CSTO.

The sides have great potential for growth in the economy. Turnover is quite low for now - last year it amounted to about $30 million. 25 million of them "belong" to Belarus. However, given huge distance between the countries, this fact is not surprising.

Olga Gavruk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Tajikistan:
The interest in Belarusian goods is growing in Tajikistan every year. First, of course, it concerns Belarusian equipment. The tractor "Belarus" remains the main agricultural machinery in the Republic of Tajikistan. And it's very nice, because 90% of the market are represented by Belarusian tractors.

For example, the most popular beer in Tajikistan is made of Belarusian malt.

This is the building of the former Exhibition of Economic Achievements in Dushanbe. Today it is the Palace of Independence. All the furniture here is Belarus-made! The Pinskdrev companny received a $1 million order and did a good job. 

Tajikistan has a place where Belarusian agricultural machinery and household electric appliances are sold. In the near future, this list will be significantly expanded.

At a meeting with Emomali Rahmon, President Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the potential of the bilateral cooperation, which is not fully utilized. Emomali Rahmon, in turn, thanked Belarus for the humanitarian aid - Belarusian dump trucks, sent to the flood-affected region of Gorno-Badakhshan.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
I thank you for efforts, for your hospitality. Wherever I look - I see order. I want to congratulate you on your great holiday - Independence Day. Such a hard-working people has a bright future. I understand that you find it difficult, that nature throws up different surprises. You know that we are ready to help you at any time. I know that you are taking tremendous efforts to ensure security in the region. Terrorists cant bypass your country and come here and brainwash some locals). It is not easy but you are fighting courageously for peace in your country.

Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan:
We are pleased that the Tajik-Belarusian cooperation continues to grow rapidly and in fact has already been given a strategic advantage.

The meeting was held in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.