In­dia to Host Mon­go­lian For­eign Min­is­ter

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Di­pan­janRoy.Chaud­hury @times­group.com

New Delhi: It is not just the Uyghur card that is draw­ing sharp re­ac­tion from China. Step­ping up en­gage­ment in China's neig­bour­hood, Delhi is host­ing the Mon­go­lian for­eign min­is­ter this week in back to back high-level en­gage­ment fol­low­ing Lok Sabha Speaker Su­mi­tra Ma­ha­jan's re­cent visit to Ulan Ba­tor, ini­tia­tives that Bei­jing will closely mon­i­tor.

Less than a year af­ter the first In­dian prime min­is­te­rial visit to Mon­go­lia, its For­eign Min­is­ter Lun­deg Purevsuren is ex­pected in Delhi in the com­ing week as Delhi looks to ex­pand strate­gic part­ner­ship with the ura­nium-rich Asian na­tion with a strong Bud­dhist her­itage. In­formed sources in­di­cate that Purevsuren, who is also the for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser of Mon­go­lia, would de­lib­er­ate on a wide va­ri­ety of sub­jects to take for­ward the strate­gic part­ner­ship that was an­nounced dur­ing Nared­nra Modi’s visit to Ulan Ba­tor last May, which had taken many by sur­prise. That visit was clubbed with his first trip to China as the prime min­is­ter. The two coun­tries, who have grow­ing de­fence ties in the field of train­ing and joint ex­er­cises, have also es­tab­lished part­ner­ship be­tween the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cils of the two coun­tries to ex­change in­for­ma­tion and per­spec­tives on re­gional is­sues. Mon­go­lia is the host of the next edi­tion of the Asi­aEurope Meet­ing on July 15-16, where In­dia is ex­pected to send a se­nior leader.

Delhi looks to ex­pand strate­gic part­ner­ship with the ura­nium-rich Asian na­tion with a strong Bud­dhist her­itage

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