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13 Sep 2018

Belarus president talks about results of lengthy talks with Uzbekistan president

Belarus president talks about results of lengthy talks with Uzbekistan president

TASHKENT, 13 September (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko talked about results of three hours of private negotiations with the Uzbek head of state during the expanded-participation talks with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on 13 September, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said: “The key result of our negotiations – I want members of the government, high-ranking officials on both sides to hear it – is we’ve agreed that Belarus has no topics, which are closed for discussion or for consequent actions. If our Uzbek brothers see something they need in Belarus, it will be done immediately: either we will relocate the manufacturing enterprise to your territory or we will set up a joint venture.”

Alexander Lukashenko mentioned the possible establishment of a light industry enterprise as an example. “We are going to farm cotton here, process it in Belarus, and sell on the markets, where cotton is not farmed,” he explained. “We have the technology and specialists, we’ve preserved the old school and the manufacturing base. Let’s talk about raw materials.”

“We are going to create it together. Let me tell you a secret: we don’t mind your becoming a shareholder in Belarusian companies. It will be your companies, too. And we are going to sell the best fabrics on the European market,” pointed out the Belarusian head of state. “I would very much like members of our government to hear it so that our Uzbek comrades would not complain later on.”

Alexander Lukashenko reminded that Uzbek cotton was processed in Belarus by a huge factory in Baranovichi in the Soviet times. “We should return to that and make it mutually beneficial. We are ready for it,” he stated.

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