President Alexander Lukashenko visited one more important country on his way back from Pakistan. Alexander Lukashenko landed in Uzbekistan. The Belarus President visited the tomb of Islam Karimov in Samarkand. He also met with the widow of the deceased President. According to Alexander Lukashenko, he had a very productive meeting with Acting President of Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
I know your attitude to our people. I am very grateful for it. Naturally, I was interested deeply in what person now remains in power in this difficult time. And time is really very serious. And you have shown that the Uzbeks are a clever nation. Some now think that you will make a U-turn. No, even the Pakistan leader Nawaz Sharif told me that Uzbeks did well and did not start to destabilize the situation and are calmly approaching the presidential election. This is exactly what Belarusians do! This is calmness and wisdom. Uzbeks are an ancient nation, civilized people. They did a lot for our civilization, so they behave with dignity. And I say that it is an honor today to be one of the leaders of this nation. We wish you every possible success in this difficult time, we wish you calmness. And I am sure that in the future Uzbekistan will be a powerful state in Central Asia.
And, you know, you have very rightly said: we have somewhat lagged behind in our economic relations. And I am sure that in the near future (a year or two or three), we will reach a much more substantial trade turnover. We have a huge potential. We need you, you need our too, because they are complementary. As a former and by the way acting prime minister you know it. You know our economy perfectly well. Therefore, we will agree with you the scope of our official visit, after you've build the government and elect the president. This can wait a bit. And today I was to begin an official visit. Of course, this visit was not supposed to go this way, but this is life and it goes on. It will not change. And our task now is to make sure that the patient Uzbek and Belarusian peoples, very talented peoples, have a decent relationship. And we will do it. Just in the next 2-3 years. It will be good to tribute to Mr Karimov. He always told me about the upcoming visit and called me by the name: "Sasha, he said, we must meet and sign such agreements." And you rightly said that we need to fill this visit with content so that it does not look like a tourist visit. So I think we will prepare everything and agree it in order to decently meet here, on the great land, where many roots of our civilization lie, and determine the prospects for our cooperation.