Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has held talks with Uzbekistan's Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov. A welcome ceremony was held outside the greater of the people earlier today. It was followed by talks where both sides witnessed the signing of multi cooperation deals. Premier Li said he hopes China's Belt and Road Initiative could help advance Uzbekistan's own development plan. And he called for further bilateral cooperation in culture tourism and education. and for his part, Prime Minister Aripov gave his congratulations on the cemetery then bursaries of the founding of the People's Republic of China. He said with Uzbekistan continues to welcome Chinese investments and is willing to strengthen coordination with China on global and regional issues.