Lukashenka to China’s Xi Jinping: Belarus ready to become ‘western gate’ for SCO

Belarus is ready for strengthening relations with China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at the meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan.

“I would like to thank you for Belarus, the only European state, getting the observer status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It would be impossible without China’s support. We are really grateful to you,” Lukashenka told Xi Jinping.

Both China and the SCO can rely on Belarus’ support in any issues, the Belarusian leader promised.

“We are ready to become ‘a western gate’ for this organization,” he said.

In turn, Xi Jinping praised the rapid development of Belarusian-Chinese relations, invited the Belarusian president to pay a state visit to China and expressed readiness for further strengthening of all-round cooperation., following BelTA

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