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Updated: 03/22/2013 07:43 | By Channel NewsAsia

Belarus president in Singapore for state visit

Belarus president in Singapore for state visit

Belarus president in Singapore for state visit

SINGAPORE : Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is in Singapore for a state visit.

This is the first visit by a head of state of Belarus to Singapore, which President Tony Tan Keng Yam said marks a historic milestone in their bilateral relations.

President Lukashenko arrived with his senior government officials and business delegation.

An official welcome ceremony was held in honour of President Lukashenko at the Istana.

He met President Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and was hosted to a state banquet by President Tan.

At the banquet, President Lukashenko said his delegation is strongly impressed by Singapore, and that its history is useful for all countries, including Belarus.

He also reiterated his invitation to President Tan to pay a visit to Belarus.

Looking ahead, President Tan said there is much untapped potential in economic relations between Singapore and Belarus. Beyond that, there is also scope for the countries to work more closely together in other areas.

President Tan said: "Belarusian universities and research institutes are well regarded for their scientific and technological capabilities. There are also possibilities for research and development cooperation. There is also potential for cultural cooperation, given Belarus’ rich tradition in culture and the arts, in particular music and dance."

In conjunction with President Lukashenko’s state visit, a forum will be held on Friday for the Singapore business community to gain insights into economic developments and investment opportunities in Belarus.

The forum, organised by the Singapore Business Federation and the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will take place at York Hotel.

— CNA/ms

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