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Premier Li arrives in Tajikistan for SCO meeting, official visit

Updated: Oct 11,2018 6:37 PM     Xinhua

DUSHANBE — Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Dushanbe on Oct 11 for an annual meeting of heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states and an official visit to Tajikistan.

At the 17th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the SCO member states, Premier Li will discuss with other leaders issues such as deepening joint efforts to build the Belt and Road and strengthening cooperation in such fields as trade, connectivity and people-to-people exchanges to advance SCO practical cooperation in all areas.

Premier Li will also call for jointly opposing unilateralism and protectionism, building an open world economy and developing a community with a shared future for the SCO, according to a Foreign Ministry press briefing before Premier Li took the trip.

The meeting is expected to release a joint statement, speaking with one voice on major international and regional issues. Cooperation documents are also expected to be signed.

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

It is also Premier Li’s first visit to Tajikistan.

On the official visit, he is expected to discuss with Tajik leaders on development of bilateral ties under new circumstances, cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as important international and regional issues. Documents on trade, customs and local cooperation are expected to be signed.