A two-day visit of the Belarusian President to Italy and the Vatican begins today. Negotiations between Alexander Lukashenko and President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella are planned. It is expected that the parties will look into bilateral contacts with a focus on trade, economic and investment cooperation, development of cooperative ties. Special attention is to be paid to the development of a fully-fledged regulatory framework for cooperation. During his visit to the Vatican Alexander Lukashenko is to meet with Pope Francis to discuss further development of contacts between Belarus and the Roman Catholic Church.