Uzbekistan And China Confer On Strengthening Ties

Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Friday met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and they reached a series of consensus on enhancing bilateral relations to a higher level.

During the meeting, Mirziyoyev stressed on further improving ties between Tashkent and Beijing and extolled China for helping Uzbekistan in promoting reform, poverty reduction and fighting COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have discussed in detail issues related to bilateral ties and expansion of multifaceted cooperation as well as implementation of strategic regional projects,” Mirziyoyev added.

Both sides agreed to speed up work on China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan and Termez-Mazar-e-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railways.

On his part, Wang said that China and Uzbekistan will take the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties as a new starting point toward improving bilateral ties and strategic partnership.

Besides economic projects, Wang said they also agreed to strengthen medical and health cooperation, expressing China’s readiness to build a regional center of vaccine production.

In the end, both sides vowed to achieve an annual trade turnover of $10 billion in near future, and decided to jointly implement the 5-year plan for economic, trade and investment cooperation between two states.

Wang arrived in Tashkent to attend the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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