Dushanbe, Oct 12: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived here for an annual meeting of the heads of the government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states and an official visit to Tajikistan.
Thursday's visit is Li's first visit to Tajikistan, a report in the Xinhua stated. The Chinese Premier was welcomed by senior Tajik government officials, led by Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda at the Dushanbe international airport.
According to Li, he expects to have in-depth exchange of views with the Tajik leaders on strengthening bilateral ties and the advancement of practical cooperation in all areas, so that the friendship between China-Tajikistan develops and bears more fruits for the welfare of the people of the two countries.
As part of his visit, Li will also have a meeting with the Tajik President Emomali Rahmon. Talks will also be held with Rasulzoda, and a joint meeting will be held with the press. Li will also witness the launch of cooperation projects and the signing of documents.
While attending the 17th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the SCO member states, Li is expected to chalk out detailed plans regarding the practical cooperation for the SCO with other leaders, sign cooperation documents and hold bilateral talks with relevant parties.
Underlining the significance of SCO, Li said that it had played a prominent role in aiding the countries in maintaining stability, uplifting the economy, and refining people's livelihood, at a time when the world was going through a major development, transformation and adjustment.
Li said that China was ready to work with pertinent parties in pushing the SCO to progress steadily in times of changes, and in creating 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 (ASEM) summit in Brussels and pay a working visit to Belgium. (UNI)