Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ President Kh.Battulga Wednesday received EU Ambassadors led by Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, Non-Resident Ambassador of the EU to Mongolia.
The meeting was attended by Ambassadors of EU member states including Belgium, Finland, Austria, Slovakia, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Hungary, Germany, France, Sweden, Malta, Latvia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain and Denmark.
President Kh.Battulga expressed his pleasure at meeting the Ambassadors and the opening of EU Delegation in Mongolia, which has been on agenda for about four years. “We believe that opening of EU Delegation in Mongolia will help intensify bilateral relations including trade ties,” said the President, citing statistical figures in Mongolia-EU trade.
Bilateral trade turnover reached USD 1.2 billion in 2016, with Mongolia’s export amounting to USD 643 million. “If we look at the EU, it is not a big sum,” said the President, explaining that he focuses on economic sector since he is a businessman-turned-politician.
President Kh.Battulga continued to state the fact that Mongolia is situated between two giant nations the world takes interest in, which he sees as “a geographic advantage”.
“Mongolia is rich in above and below-ground resources. Although Mongolia has big potentials in agricultural sector, we are far behind in terms of technology,” the President said. President K.Battulga suggested that European technologies can be introduced in Mongolia to process and export raw materials – the above-ground resources. "Almost all European countries have advanced agricultural sectors,” said the President
The President then answered questions raised by the Ambassadors, who also remarked on the growing political cooperation between Mongolia and the EU and agreed to intensify economic cooperation.
Mongolia-EU Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation entered into force on November 1.