Tajik foreign minister holds talks with Chinese state councilor in Beijing

26/07/2015 14:36
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, July 26, 2015, Asia-Plus – Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov held talks in Beijing on July 24 with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, according to the Tajik MFA information department.

In the course of the talks, Yang Jiechi reportedly conveyed condolences of the government and the people of China to the government and the people of Tajikistan over recent fatal mudslides and floods.

Mr. Yang noted that the Beijing was ready to provide assistance to Tajikistan in removing the disaster effects.

Chinese State Councilor reportedly appreciated Tajikistan’s support for Chinese leadership’s initiative to build the Silk Road Economic Belt.

The two discussed a broad range of issues related to cooperation between Tajikistan and China in various fields, the Tajik MFA information department said.

China’s Xinhua reports that hailing China and Tajikistan as friendly neighbors, Yang said China attaches great importance to ties with Tajikistan and is willing to cooperate more in the economy, security, transportation, energy and culture.

"We are ready to work with Tajikistan to build the Silk Road Economic Belt and to have a more productive relationship," Yang was quoted as saying.

Aslov said Tajikistan views China as a diplomatic priority, and wants to use the Silk Road Economic Belt as an opportunity to deepen cooperation with China.

Yang Jiechi (born May 1950) is a high-ranking Chinese politician and lifelong professional diplomat. He was the tenth Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China, between 2007 and 2013.  He joined the inner circle of the State Council in 2013, as a State Councilor under Premier Li Keqiang.  In this capacity, he serves as one of the most prominent architects of China's foreign policy.  Yang spent much of his professional life in the United States, where he served as Chinese Ambassador from 2001 to 2005.

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