Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold received the ambassadors of India and Japan to discuss ongoing cooperation and projects that have been implemented in Mongolia with the support of their governments.
During his meeting with Ambassador of India to Mongolia Suresh Babu, Speaker M.Enkhbold noted the importance of the one billion USD loan facility that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced would be granted to finance megaprojects.
The Speaker also spoke highly of India and Mongolia’s relations in defense, culture, and education, and said that new financial and civil aviation cooperation should be effectively developed. Ambassador Babu stated that he hopes the implementation of agreements that were signed during the visits of Prime Minister Modi and Speaker of the Indian Parliament’s Lower House Sumitra Mahajan will be important in developing cooperation between the two countries.
The Indian Ambassador asked the Speaker to focus on opening the one billion USD credit line, launching a direct flight between Delhi and Ulaanbaatar by operating partnered flights, establishing an Indian-Mongolian school in Ulaanbaatar, and working to open an information technology, communications, and outsourcing center in Ulaanbaatar.
Ambassador Babu said that nearly 100 public service employees out of 200 approved to attend, have participated in training programs in India. He added that the remaining scholarship recipients should be permitted to train in India before the Indian government’s 2016 fiscal year concludes in March 2017.
In Speaker M.Enkhbold’s meeting with outgoing Ambassador of Japan to Mongolia Takenori Shimizu, the Speaker pointed out that during Ambassador Shimizu’s five-year mission, cooperation between the two countries has been taken to the strategic partnership level, and a growing number of effective visits by high-level Mongolian and Japanese government representatives have taken place.
He highlighted that the strategic partnership agreement now being carried out has been important to strengthening bilateral relations. Ambassador Shimizu noted that an agreement on a mid-term cooperation program is expected to be signed before the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Mongolia.
He said, “I think that Japan should lead Mongolia to the global market by providing technical cooperation assistance.” The Japanese Ambassador underlined that Parliament should expedite discussions concerning the management of Khushig Valley International Airport, which is being built with Japanese financing. Speaker M.Enkhbold said that it has been discussed by Cabinet and that Parliament will concentrate on reviewing the Japanese offer to take on operational management of the new airport.
At the end of their meeting, the Speaker emphasized that the state and the people of Mongolia greatly appreciate the work Ambassador Shimizu has accomplished during his mission in Mongolia.