The ninth consultative meeting of the foreign affairs ministries of Mongolia and South Korea was held on April 24, in Ulaanbaatar, to discuss consular affairs cooperation between the two countries. The meeting’s delegations were led by Director of the Consular Department of the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ya.Ariunbold and Ambassador for Overseas Koreans and Consular Affairs Han Dong-man.
Representatives from the Mongolian Ministry of Justice and Internal Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, General Prosecutor’s Office, Mongolian Immigration Agency, National Policy Agency of Mongolia, General Authority for Border Protection and Medical and Social Insurance General Office participated in the meeting.
During the meeting, the sides discussed developing consular affairs cooperation between the two countries, increasing the number of Mongolian citizens living in South Korea under labor contracts, and challenges facing Mongolian citizens living in South Korea. The two sides agreed to take measures to deal with some of challenges facing Mongolians legally residing in South Korea. The sides also discussed expanding the terms of multiple entry visas to streamline the visa process for Mongolian applicants. This could be achieved by increasing the number of Mongolian citizens legally residing in the Republic of Korea and reducing the number of illegal residents.
The South Korean delegation asked their Mongolian counterparts to issue visas to South Korean investors that are valid for one to three years, and to eliminate employment fees for South Korean citizens living in Mongolia who are employed by non-governmental organiza
During Ambassador Han’s meeting with State Secretary of the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs D.Davaasuren, the state officials emphasized that creating a specific mechanism for developing consular cooperation, protecting people’s rights, and carrying out visa facilities are important. They agreed that consultative meetings should take place regularly, and that enhancing the legal and regulatory environment for dealing with the challenges facing the two nations’ citizens is critical.
D.Davaasuren noted that there are 36,000 Mongolian citizens working and studying in South Korea, and that the Government of Mongolia should focus on supporting its citizens there. The sides also exchanged views on security challenges on the Korean Peninsula and other regional issues.