PRES­I­DENT KH.BATTULGA DIS­CUSSES BI­LAT­ERAL RE­LA­TIONS WITH RUS­SIAN AND SOUTH KOREAN PRES­I­DENTS, AND JA­PANESE PRIME MIN­IS­TER

The UB Post - - FRONT PAGE - By T.BAYARBAT

Dur­ing the East­ern Eco­nomic Fo­rum, held in Vladi­vos­tok, Rus­sia from Septem­ber 6 to 7, Pres­i­dent Kh.Battulga held bi­lat­eral meet­ings with Pres­i­dent of Rus­sia Vladimir Putin, Pres­i­dent of South Korea Moon Jae-in and Prime Min­is­ter of Ja­pan Shinzo Abe to dis­cuss the re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Mongolia and their re­spec­tive coun­tries.

Dur­ing his meet­ing with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on Septem­ber 7, Pres­i­dent Kh.Battulga ex­pressed Mongolia’s in­ten­tion to strengthen re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion with Rus­sia and to take bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion to a new level.

Kh.Battulga asked Pres­i­dent Putin to es­tab­lish agree­ments on car­ry­ing out up­dates to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of Ulaan­baatar Rail­way, a Mon­go­lian-Rus­sian joint ven­ture, through a loan from Rus­sia and on fa­cil­i­tat­ing the trans­porta­tion of Mon­go­lian goods in tran­sit through Rus­sian ter­ri­tory.

Pres­i­dent Kh.Battulga noted that Mongolia is in­ter­ested in ex­pand­ing ed­u­ca­tion and cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion, im­prov­ing the qual­ity of Rus­sian lan­guage study in the Mon­go­lian ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and de­vel­op­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

Pres­i­dent Putin un­der­lined that Rus­sia will con­cen­trate on de­vel­op­ing the Mon­go­lian in­fra­struc­ture and agri­cul­tural sec­tor, es­pe­cially to im­prove live­stock health.

He added that Rus­sia will fo­cus on mov­ing for­ward with the agree­ment on tran­sit trans­port fa­cil­i­ta­tion be­tween the two coun­tries and is­sues re­gard­ing up­dates for Ulaan­baatar Rail­way. Putin stated that Rus­sia will sup­port Mongolia to host the Chil­dren of Asia Games 2020.

Dur­ing his meet­ing with the Ja­panese Premier on Septem­ber 6, Pres­i­dent Kh.Battulga stated that Mongolia is in­ter­ested in closely co­op­er­at­ing with Ja­pan to de­velop its man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try and pro­duce cost-ef­fec­tive prod­ucts in Mongolia.

He asked Prime Min­is­ter Abe to co­op­er­ate in es­tab­lish­ing a Mon­go­lian-Ja­panese joint ven­ture and pro­vid­ing port ac­cess for coal ship­ments from the Ta­van Tol­goi mine, which will help Mongolia ac­cess in­ter­na­tional mar­kets in the Far East through Ja­panese ports.

Ja­panese Premier Abe pro­posed to strengthen de­fense co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries and to closely work to re­solve is­sues re­gard­ing the United Na­tions and North­east Asia, es­pe­cially the Korean Penin­sula.

The Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter pointed out that the gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan has agreed to grant a soft loan of 850 mil­lion USD to Mongolia and noted that he sup­ports the Mon­go­lian Pres­i­dent’s ini­tia­tives, which will pro­vide a route to the sea and ex­pand Mongolia’s eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion.

In the meet­ing with the South Korean Pres­i­dent, Pres­i­dent Kh.Battulga asked Moon Jae-in to fa­cil­i­tate the im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy for Mon­go­lians liv­ing in South Korea and to stream­line visa pro­cesses for Mon­go­lians vis­it­ing South Korea.

Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in promised that he will fo­cus on the coun­try’s visa pol­icy and Mon­go­lian cit­i­zens liv­ing in his coun­try.

Both pres­i­dents talked about ac­cel­er­at­ing the Ulaan­baatar Di­a­logue Ini­tia­tive on North­east Asian Se­cu­rity and Tu­men River Project, which is a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort by Mongolia, South Korea, China, North Korea and Rus­sia to de­velop the re­gion sur­round­ing the river.

The pres­i­dents agreed to de­velop mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion in a wide range of fields and in­vited each other to visit their re­spec­tive coun­tries.

Pres­i­dent Kh.Battulga speaks at the East­ern Eco­nomic Fo­rum on Septem­ber 7

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