13 Jun 2019 11:47

Kyrgyz, Chinese presidents sign declaration of strategic partnership

BISHKEK. June 13 (Interfax) - The presidents of Kyrgyzstan and China, Sooronbai Jeenbekov and Xi Jinping, have signed a declaration of enhanced comprehensive strategic partnership at the end of their talks in Bishkek.

"A large package of documents, primarily the declaration of enhanced comprehensive strategic partnership, has been signed at the end of our negotiations," Jeenbekov told the press on Thursday.

In all, 19 documents have been signed, Jeenbekov said. "These documents concern cooperation in the fields of security and emergency situations. There are also investment agreements and documents establishing sister relations between cities of Kyrgyzstan and China," he said.

'The negotiations with the Chinese president were substantive and fruitful," Jeenbekov said.

"On the whole, we can say that our relations have reached a new high level of quality cooperation," he said.

The talks with Xi "highlighted economic cooperation, implementation of major joint projects, establishment of direct investment funds, construction of a rail line between China, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, repairs of roads in Bishkek and Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan, and opening of a multi-focal industrial park in Kyrgyzstan," Jeenbekov said.

"We have accentuated projects with a high social significance. [...] We are grateful to China and, personally, Xi Jinping for assisting Kyrgyzstan with grants and tangible technical assistance, " he said.