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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov of Uzbekistan

On November 12, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov of Uzbekistan in Tashkent.

Wang Yi said that I went to Samarkand, which is my first stop in Uzbekistan to mourn late President Islam Karimov and honor his historic contribution to the development of bilateral relations. After Acting President Shavkat Mirziyoyev assumed his post, the domestic and diplomatic affairs of Uzbekistan have taken on a new atmosphere. My visit this time is to show China's full confidence in Uzbekistan’s future and China-Uzbekistan relations.

Wang Yi expressed that China-Uzbekistan comprehensive strategic partnership is the important diplomatic legacy left by President Islam Karimov. Attaching great importance to its relations with Uzbekistan, China will not change its friendly policies towards Uzbekistan, and is willing to make joint effort with Uzbekistan to continuously push forward and carry forward China-Uzbekistan friendly causes forged by leaders of both countries, which not only completely conforms to both peoples’ interests, but also is conducive to regional peace, stability and development. Both sides should well implement the series of important consensus reached by the two heads of state during their meeting in Tashkent this June and push cooperation in major areas including the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative for new progress. Meanwhile, we should fully tap potential, carry out cooperation in production capacity, hydropower, tourism and other fields and forge new growth points in cooperation, so as to add new connotations and inject new impetus into bilateral relations. The Chinese side is willing to, together with Uzbekistan, enhance cooperation in law enforcement, security and intelligence and strengthen cooperation under multilateral frameworks including Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to jointly safeguard regional peace and security.

Abdulaziz Kamilov expressed sincere gratitude to Wang Yi for his special visit to Samarkand to mourn President Islam Karimov, and expressed that Uzbekistan-China strategic relations, which have achieved sustained and rapid development in recent years, are established on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and non-interference in internal affairs. Both sides enjoy a high level of mutual trust, mutual respect as well as fruitful outcomes from cooperation in various fields such as politics, economy and people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The two countries share similar diplomatic concepts and carry out sound cooperation on international and regional stages. Regarding China as a great neighbor without borders and attaching great importance to its relations with China, Uzbekistan is willing to inherit President Islam Karimov’s important political legacy and well consolidate and develop Uzbekistan-China comprehensive strategic partnership. The Uzbek side hopes to continue to maintain political exchanges at all levels and promote pragmatic cooperation in various fields with China. Firmly supporting China in combating the “three evil forces”, Uzbekistan stands ready to, together with China, reinforce communication and cooperation within the SCO and other frameworks to jointly safeguard regional security.

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