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Li Keqiang Arrives in Bishkek for Official Visit to Kyrgyzstan and Attendance at Meeting of SCO Council of Heads of Governments (Prime Ministers)

On the afternoon of November 2, 2016 local time, at the invitation of Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov of the Kyrgyz Republic, Premier Li Keqiang arrived at Bishkek Manas International Airport by special plane, starting his official visit to Kyrgyzstan and attendance at the 15th Meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of Governments (Prime Ministers).

Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov welcomed Li Keqiang at the airport, and guards of courtesy lined up on both sides of the red carpet and saluted to Premier Li Keqiang. Kyrgyz youth presented flowers and invited Premier Li Keqiang to taste traditional pastries. H.E. Xiao Qinghua, Chinese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan also welcomed Premier Li Keqiang at the airport.

Later, Li Keqiang attended the welcoming ceremony held by Sooronbay Jeenbekov. The military band played the national anthems of both countries. Accompanied by Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Li Keqiang reviewed the guard of honor.

Li Keqiang expressed that China and Kyrgyzstan are neighboring states connected by mountains and rivers. Bilateral relationship has always developed in a healthy and stable manner since both sides established diplomatic relations 24 years ago. I look forward to exchanging in-depth views on deepening bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields with Kyrgyz leaders. It is believed that the two sides will seize opportunities and join hands to open a new chapter of China-Kyrgyzstan friendly cooperation.

Li Keqiang pointed out that with continuous development and growth since its establishment 15 years ago, the SCO plays an important role in safeguarding regional security and stability as well as promoting the development and prosperity of its member states. I am willing to work with all colleagues to reach new consensus on further enhancing the convergence of interests and unleashing the potential of cooperation, as well as boost communication and cooperation among SCO member states in various fields including security, economy and people-to-people and cultural exchanges to a new level, so that the SCO can achieve sustainable development at a higher level.

During his visit to Kyrgyzstan, Li Keqiang will meet with President Almazbek Atambayev, hold talks with Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov and attend the signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation documents. Li Keqiang will also jointly discuss major plans for development and cooperation and sign related documents with leaders of other SCO member states.

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