Foreign Affairs Minister Ts.MunkhOrgil met with a number of foreign delegations last week to discuss cooperation in education, development, the economy, and investment.
Resident Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to Mongolia Naomi Kitahara was received by Foreign Affairs Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil on Friday. Kitahara spoke with the Minister in detail about ongoing and upcoming projects and programs led by the UNFPA.
Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil introduced Kitahara to the policies and programs in social development the government is working to implement, and stated that Parliament is planning to review an amended version of the Law to Combat Domestic Violence soon. He asked her to work with the government and to help support promoting youth development and education. The UNFPA will implement a 15 million USD program to improve reproductive health, youth development, and gender equality in Mongolia over the next four years.
The Foreign Affairs Minister met with State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria Michael Linhart on November 11 to discuss relations and cooperation between the two countries. The sides also discussed increasing the number of Austrain scholarship grantees, training Mongolian diplomats in Austria, and dealing with the challenges Mongolians have faced when applying for an Austrian visa.
Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil underlined that the Government of Mongolia is concentrating on overcoming economic difficulties, and that developing economic cooperation is of mutual interest to the two countries. He thanked the Government of Austria for including a soft loan of 40 million EUR in the financial cooperation agreement between the governments of Mongolia and Austria.
Foreign Affairs Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil also received Ambassador of Qatar to Mongolia Sultan Al-Mansur, who is based out of Beijing, to exchange views on Mongolian and Qatari relations and cooperation. Ts.Munkh-Orgil noted that relations between the two countries have increased.
He highlighted that carrying out high-level visits, developing economic cooperation, and pursuing Qatari investments in Mongolia are of importance to developing mutual cooperation. Ambassador Al-Mansur said that Qatar has studied investing in Mongolia, and that enhancing the legal and regulatory environment for foreign investors and entrepreneurs is important.
He pointed out that launching a direct flight between Doha and Ulaanbaatar could help develop tourism and improve people-to-people relations. He also added that cultural events and exhibitions about Mongolia have been regularly held in Qatar.