New Japanese Ambassador vows to focus on Mongolia and Japan’s strategic partnership

Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold meeting with Ambassador Masato Takaoka

Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold received Ambassador of Japan to Mongolia Masato Takaoka on January 4, to talk about relations and cooperation between the two countries, and the Speaker’s visit to Japan next month.

Speaker M.Enkhbold said that if the sides are able to reach an agreement on a mid-term cooperation program for strategic partnership during his visit to Japan in February, the visit will be successful.  He emphasized that the mid-term cooperation program will determine the two nations’ cooperation in the upcoming years.

The Speaker asked Ambassador Takaoka to help organize his visit to Japan to see an optimal outcome, and said that he hopes Ambassador Takaoka will focus on supporting Mongolia’s request for financial assistance from Japan.

During the meeting, the Japanese Ambassador noted that Japan deeply understands the current economic challenges facing Mongolia, and that Mongolia’s discussions with the International Monetary Fund on acceptance of a credit facility is of importance to implementing Japanese financial assistance in Mongolia.  Ambassador Takaoka added that he will concentrate on successfully organizing Speaker M.Enkhbold’s visit to Japan.

The Japanese Ambassador asked the Speaker of Parliament to focus on matters concerning the management of the New Ulaanbaatar International Airport, which is being built with Japanese financing.

In a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil, Ambassador Takaoka stated that he will work to strengthen and maintain the intensity of the strategic partnership between Japan and Mongolia.

Minister Ts.Munkkh-Orgil confirmed that he will actively collaborate with Ambassador Takaoka to further develop the strategic partnership between the two countries. He noted that commemorating the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Japan by boosting art and culture exchanges, as well as economic and investment activities, is important.