Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov of Uzbekistan

On February 7, 2018, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov of Uzbekistan in Beijing. The two sides exchanged in-depth views focusing on the Afghan issue and the preparation work for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Qingdao Summit.

Abdulaziz Kamilov introduced Uzbekistan's position on the Afghan issue and expressed that Uzbekistan plans to hold an international conference on the Afghan issue in Tashkent. Wang Yi said that the Afghan issue cannot be settled without the active participation of countries in the region including Uzbekistan. The Chinese side understands and supports Uzbekistan's constructive role in the process of political reconciliation and peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan. China welcomes Uzbekistan to hold an international conference on the Afghan issue in Tashkent. The Tashkent conference, together with other cooperation mechanisms involving Afghanistan especially the SCO, should promote the functions of each other and form synergy.

The two sides also exchanged views on the SCO Qingdao Summit to be held in this June. Both sides agreed that the summit should summarize and carry forward the "Shanghai Spirit" and beef up the solidarity and mutual trust between the member states, so as to promote the SCO to achieve greater development at the new starting point.

Abdulaziz Kamilov expressed that Uzbekistan and China enjoy a profound traditional friendship and a solid foundation of mutual trust. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev highly values the trust and friendship between President Xi Jinping and him. The Uzbek version of "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China" has been published. When making various major decisions, the Uzbek government can always learn useful experience from this book. Uzbekistan is willing to strengthen the exchanges of experience in state governance and administration with China and join hands with China to build the "Belt and Road", in a bid to promote bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership for in-depth development.

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