Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold received the ambassadors of the U.S. and Laos to discuss continued cooperation and expediting the implementation of agreements that have been reached.
Ambassador of the United States of America to Mongolia Jennifer Zimdahl Galt noted that she has renewed faith in mining and agricultural cooperation. She said that she will discuss establishing a new direction for relations and cooperation between the two countries during the regular consultative meeting on foreign affairs of the United States and Mongolia, which will be held at the beginning of December in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Galt pointed out that the House Democracy Partnership and Open World Programs funded by the U.S. Congress are being implemented in Mongolia to strengthen committee operations in the legislature.
She also highlighted that the U.S. Embassy has launched the Youth Leadership Program for high school students, and 90 youth and 20 students will be going to the USA through the program. The ambassador said that implementing the Agreement on Transparency in Matters Related to International Trade and Investment between the United States and Mongolia is of significant importance to strengthening the trade and investment relationship, and in showing foreign investors and entrepreneurs that Mongolia has a suitable and low-risk environment for foreign investment.
Ambassador Galt thanked Parliament and Cabinet for their efforts to enhance the investment environment and to change policies for import bans. She noted that preparations for the signing of the second compact agreement with the Millennium Challenge Corporation are progressing.
The Ambassador also stated that she wants Mongolia to continue its peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan. Speaker M.Enkhbold stressed that Mongolia is concentrating on implementing the Agreement on Transparency in Matters Related to International Trade and Investment. He said that the continuation of Mongolia’s peacekeeping mission is being discussed, and that he hopes projects and programs to be implemented in the second compact agreement with the Millennium Challenge Corporation will have positive outcomes for Mongolia’s economic development.
In his meeting with Ambassador of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to Mongolia Sialounkone Seng-Outhone, Speaker M.Enkhbold pointed out that developing trade and economic cooperation between Laos and Mongolia is important, and that he hopes that Laos will help Mongolia develop its relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Ambassador Seng-Outhone highlighted that developing cooperation in health, tourism, and agriculture was discussed during a meeting of the Mongolia-Laos intergovernmental commission held last year, and that a new direction for cooperation in regional and global arenas is important. The Ambassador said that he will work to promote Speaker M.Enkhbold’s request, and invited the Speaker to pay a visit to Laos.