China to push for common prosperity with Kyrgyzstan via Belt & Road: Chinese FM

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-22 14:02:20|Editor: An


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with his Kyrgyz counterpart Erlan Abdyldayev in Astana, Kazakhstan, on April 21, 2017. (Xinhua/Sadat)

ASTANA, April 22 (Xinhua) -- China is ready to work together with Kyrgyzstan to achieve common prosperity by building the Silk Road Economic Belt, as agreed by the leaders of both sides, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Friday.

Wang made the remarks while meeting his Kyrgyz counterpart, Erlan Abdyldayev, on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) foreign ministers' meeting.

Since the establishment of their diplomatic ties 25 years ago, the two countries have witnessed the stable and healthy development of their bilateral relations, said Wang.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev's successful visit to China earlier this year has further consolidated the friendship and trust between the leaders of the two countries, and during the visit they have also mapped out the future development of bilateral ties, said Wang.

Kyrgyzstan is an important partner in building the Silk Road Economic Belt and China is willing to work with the Kyrgyz side in this regard so as to bring about development for both countries, said Wang.

For his part, Abdyldayev said Kyrgyzstan cherishes its relations with China and the country firmly supports China's efforts to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism.

The country is also willing to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of the Chinese diplomatic mission in Kyrgyzstan, he added.

The Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan was hit by a suicide attacker in August, with the lone assailant killed and five others injured.

KEY WORDS: Kyrgyzstan