Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hailed China's cooperation with Uzbekistan, vowing to expand pragmatic cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) when meeting with Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov in Beijing on Tuesday.
Li spoke highly of China-Uzbekistan relations, saying the ties help inject impetus into the regional prosperity, peace and stability.
He recalled that the Chinese and Uzbek presidents met in May and unanimously decided to strengthen the two countries' strategic partnership, stressing that China is ready to enhance high-level exchanges with Uzbekistan on bilateral trade and investment and accelerate communication and coordination in the international affairs.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang holds talks with visiting Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, August 27, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)
China and Uzbekistan are economically complementary, said the premier, noting the broad future shared with the two sides.
Li called for enhanced connectivity and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of energy, culture, tourism, agriculture and higher education.
China is willing to expand bilateral trade and encourage Chinese enterprises to invest in Uzbekistan in accordance with the law, Li added.
Aripov congratulated China on the remarkable achievement it has made since the founding of the People's Republic of China 70 years ago.
He applauded the bilateral relations and the high-level strategic dialogue between the two countries, pledging to enhance the Belt and Road cooperation in various fields and pushing forward the bilateral relations to a higher level.
The two leaders signed multiple cooperation deals after the meeting.