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State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Speaks with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov on the Phone

2020-08-20

On 19 August, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov on the phone.

Wang expressed China’s solidarity with Kyrgyzstan for the difficulties caused by COVID-19. As a friendly neighbor and comprehensive strategic partner, China will continue to help Kyrgyzstan to prevail over the virus. Vaccine research and deployment is receiving increasing international attention. China supports the WHO global collaboration initiative for equitable access to the vaccines, and stands ready to share with Kyrgyzstan its research results and explore possibilities of cooperation.

Wang stressed the importance of advancing practical cooperation in all fields despite the impact of COVID-19. The two countries must adopt COVID-secure yet flexible means to move cooperation forward. China will import more Kyrgyz agricultural produce that meet its market demand, step up efforts to resume cargo transportation at border crossings, and keep the mutually beneficial cooperation moving forward.

Wang noted the recent launch of a meeting mechanism among the foreign ministers of China and the five Central Asian countries. He expressed China’s readiness to work with Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries to enhance political mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation through this new platform. This would inject fresh impetus to the relations between China and the Central Asian countries.

On behalf of Kyrgyzstan, Aidarbekov extended sympathies on the floods hitting southern China. He applauded China’s important accomplishments in COVID-19 response, and expressed gratitude for China’s selfless assistance. Kyrgyzstan sees in China a good neighbor, good friend and good partner forever. It will stay committed to growing its comprehensive strategic partnership and good neighborliness with China.

Aidarbekov expressed Kyrgyzstan’s readiness to deepen bilateral cooperation across the board to the benefit of the two peoples. Kyrgyzstan fully supports China in launching the mechanism of foreign ministers’ meeting with Central Asian countries, and looks forward to closer regional cooperation and fruitful results through this new dialogue platform.

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