Li in Dushanbe for SCO meet­ing

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - (Xin­hua)

CHI­NESE Premier Li Ke­qiang ar­rived in Dushanbe yes­ter­day for an an­nual meet­ing of heads of gov­ern­ment of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion mem­ber states and an of­fi­cial visit to Ta­jik­istan.

It is Li’s first visit to Ta­jik­istan. He was wel­comed by se­nior Ta­jik gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials led by Prime Min­is­ter Kokhir Ra­sul­zoda at the Dushanbe in­ter­na­tional air­port.

Li said he ex­pects to have in-depth ex­change of views with Ta­jik lead­ers on deep­en­ing bi­lat­eral ties and ad­vanc­ing prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion in all ar­eas to let China-Ta­jik­istan friend­ship bloom and bear more fruits to ben­e­fit peo­ple of the two coun­tries.

Dur­ing his visit, Li will meet with Ta­jik Pres­i­dent Emo­mali Rah­mon and also hold talks with Ra­sul­zoda.

While at­tend­ing the 17th meet­ing of the coun­cil of heads of gov­ern­ment of the SCO mem­ber states, Li is ex­pected to map out prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion plans for the SCO with other lead­ers, sign co­op­er­a­tion doc­u­ments and hold bi­lat­eral talks with rel­e­vant par­ties, and wit­ness the launch of projects.

He will also ad­dress the me­dia dur­ing his visit.

Li said the SCO has played an even more prom­i­nent role in help­ing coun­tries main­tain sta­bil­ity, boost econ­omy and im­prove peo­ple’s liveli­hood at a time when the world is un­der­go­ing ma­jor de­vel­op­ment, trans­for­ma­tion and ad­just­ment.

China stands ready to work with rel­e­vant par­ties to push the SCO to ad­vance steadily in a time of changes, and to cre­ate more ben­e­fits for peo­ple in the re­gion, Li said.

The SCO was es­tab­lished in 2001 by China, Kaza­khstan, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Rus­sia, Ta­jik­istan and Uzbek­istan. In­dia and Pak­istan joined as full mem­bers in 2017.

To­day, it stands as a com­pre­hen­sive re­gional co­op­er­a­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion that cov­ers the largest area and pop­u­la­tion in the world, with mem­ber states ac­count­ing for about 20 per­cent of the global econ­omy and 40 per­cent of the world pop­u­la­tion.

Af­ter Ta­jik­istan, Li will go on a trip to pay an of­fi­cial visit to the Nether­lands, at­tend the 12th Asia-Europe Meet­ing sum­mit in Brus­sels and pay a work­ing visit to Bel­gium.

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