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