On May 23, 2016, President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan met in Tashkent with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Islam Karimov asked Wang Yi to convey warm greetings to President Xi Jinping. Islam Karimov expressed that he eagerly looks forward to President Xi Jinping's attendance at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Tashkent. Uzbekistan stands ready to work with China to promote the level of strategic partnership between the two countries, and strengthen all-round mutually beneficial cooperation, so as to promote the SCO to achieve new development.
Wang Yi conveyed President Xi Jinping's best wishes to President Islam Karimov. Wang Yi expressed that since the two heads of state established China-Uzbekistan strategic partnership, bilateral relations have achieved important progress. China is willing to, together with Uzbekistan, promote strategic partnership to a new level and open up new prospect of bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the SCO. China will fully support Uzbekistan to ensure the success of the SCO Tashkent Summit, so as to promote SCO cooperation in security and economy to achieve new results.