Minsk, 5 July 2022 (TDI): Sajjad Haider Khan, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Belarus received Ronald Helmut Sturm, Austrian Ambassador to Belarus for a courtesy call.

The two sides discussed a range of topics of mutual interest and showed their interest in working on multiple projects in both countries.

Pakistan-Austria Ties

In 1956, Pakistan formally recognized Austria. As a result, the two countries developed diplomatic relations. In 1959, the Austrian Embassy was upgraded and subsequently moved to Islamabad.

Previously in 1954, Austria opened its legation in Karachi. Moreover, the Austro-Pakistan society was established in 1976. It aimed to cultivate scientific and cultural relations between both states.

Similarly, a joint working group on trade and economic cooperation was established in 1994. Its sessions take place after every 3 or 4 years in Islamabad and Vienna.

In addition, Pakistan and Austria, both are mountainous countries and are home to some of the most impressive landscapes in the world.

There are around 6,000 Pakistanis living and Austria is the 6th largest in the world, according to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Pakistan-Belarus Ties

On 31 December 1991, after the break-up of the Soviet Union (USSR). Pakistan is one of the first countries to recognize Belarus. Therefore both countries established relations on 3 February 1994.

Moreover, Pakistan maintains an Embassy in Minsk while Belarus has an Embassy in Islamabad. Prior to that Islamabad and Minsk became sister cities by signing an MOU.

In addition, both countries have also agreed to work together for the shared objective of peace and prosperity in the region.

Moreover, Belarus has always declared its wish to contribute to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.

Similarly, in 2014 Pakistan exported $15.23 million worth of items to Belarus, and imports from Belarus stood at $42.65 million.

Furthermore, both countries have inked several agreements to strengthen their multifaceted ties in multiple areas especially, in the fields of trade, commerce, education, and culture.