Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Paraguay
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs B.Battsetseg paid a visit to Paraguay from November 8 to 10 to strengthen relations and cooperation between the two countries.
As part of her visit, the Deputy Foreign Minister held meetings with Paraguay’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Mario Leon Frutos and Paraguay Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Oscar Stark Robledo to discuss agriculture and trade cooperation.
B.Battsetseg told Deputy Minister Frutos that Mongolia is interested in learning more about Paraguay’s agricultural achievements and experiences as Paraguay is considered a leading country in the world’s agricultural markets, and has developed its agricultural sector by exporting its beef and organic products.
The deputy ministers agreed to extend the validity of the memorandum of understanding on the cooperation between the Mongolian Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry and the Paraguay Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, and the they expressed hopes that the memorandum’s extension will increase opportunities for collaboration, bring innovative agricultural technology in Mongolia and enhance collaboration opportunities between research organizations, cooperatives and private sectors of the two countries.
During her visit to Paraguay’s Agriculture Technology Institute, B.Battsetseg spoke with Santiago Bertoni, the institute’s president, about possibilities to implement projects and programs and carry out exchange programs for agricultural experts of the two countries to learn more about their countries’ agricultural experiences.
As part of the visit, B.Battsetseg and her delegation took part in the first political consultative meeting on November 9 in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay. During the meeting, Paraguay Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Federico Gonzalez noted the importance of strengthening bilateral relations, especially agricultural cooperation, as the two countries are small, landlocked developing countries.
The sides exchanged views on ways to develop mutual cooperation in the areas of economy, agriculture, renewable energy, human rights and culture, and highlighted that the two nations will continue to mutually support and cooperate in the arenas of the United Nations and other international organizations. They agreed to expand regional and multilateral cooperation on shared interests of the two countries such as the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation.
The delegations noted that as Paraguay is a member state of the International Think Tank for the Landlocked Developing Countries based in Ulaanbaatar, the two countries will effectively work together under the think tank.
The sides also agreed to establish an agreement on mutual visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders.