Sergei Rachkov. An archive photo
MINSK, 7 September (BelTA) – Belarus and Uzbekistan will focus on inter-regional cooperation, Chairman of the Standing Committee on International Affairs and National Security of the Council of the Republic Sergei Rachkov told reporters, BelTA has learned.
The parliamentary delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by Chairwoman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan Tanzila Narbayeva is on an official visit to Belarus on 4-7 September at the invitation of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus. The first Belarus-Uzbekistan Women’s Business Forum was held during the visit.
“The visit of the parliamentary delegation of Uzbekistan can be unequivocally called successful. We worked quite hard for four days. Of course, the meeting with the Belarusian head of state was the pinnacle of the visit. Aleksandr Grigorievich clearly outlined prospects and tasks related to cooperation with Uzbekistan. These tasks should be addressed, first of all, by the Council of the Republic, the National Assembly. The Council of the Republic is a representative legislative body, and we work with regions. Therefore, we will focus on promoting inter-regional contacts. We are ready to continue this work as part of the regional forum with Uzbekistan. Most likely, this kind of forums will have a specific theme and will be centered around one problem or one sector of the economy. Of course, they will focus on economic relations, investments, friendship and contacts between our peoples,” Sergei Rachkov said.
Major contracts were signed during the visit and the first Belarus-Uzbekistan Women’s Business Forum. “We have accomplished more than we planned,” the senator stressed. “A large number of agreements were drafted not only during the preparation of the visit, but also during the breakout sessions and meetings. We were impressed by the outcomes of the breakout sessions. The participants immediately found common ground, common points of interest in business. This can be a sign of great opportunities and prospects,” he added.
“Undoubtedly, we will continue expanding inter-parliamentary cooperation. We plan to put together a high-level inter-parliamentary commission to facilitate the implementation of agreements, primarily at the highest and high levels, to monitor the activities of those structures that will push our cooperation forward. We are confident that these results will create a solid groundwork to achieve serious progress in promoting bilateral relations in all areas,” Sergei Rachkov added.