Economy and defense should be the foundation of the Belarusian-Egyptian cooperation, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Egypt Prime Minister Sherif Ismail in Cairo. “Yesterday we discussed a number of topical issues, avenues of strategic cooperation for the future. We have agreed that as a result of the interaction between the members of our governments we will work out a short-term and mid-term action plan to reflect the essence of our relations.” On 16-17 January Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is set to pay an official visit to Sudan. The Belarusian-Sudanese business forum is expected to take place in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.