ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif leaves for Minsk today (Monday) on an official visit at the invitation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.It will be the first ever visit of a Pakistani prime minister to Belarus.

During the visit the Prime Minister will hold delegation-level talks with the Belarusian President and would also meet the Prime Minister of the country. The chairman of the Council of Republic and the chairman of the House of the Representatives (Parliament) will also call on Prime Minister.

A number of important agreement and MoUs, aimed at enhancing the bilateral trade and economic activity between the two states, are expected to be signed during the visit. The Prime Minister is also scheduled to visit top Belarusian industrial units.

The Prime Minister will also participate in Pakistan-Belarus Business and Investment Forum.

The Prime Minister will be conferred the title of honorary professor of the Belarus State University.

Pakistani mango and film festivals will also be held during the Prime Minister’s visit. The Prime Minister’s visit is taking place soon after the Belarusian President had visited Pakistan in May this year, which is an indication of the common desire of the two countries to strengthen the existing close and friendly ties.