Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mongolia-EU relations enter a new phase with the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation in force and the opening of EU Delegation in Mongolia.
On November 2, Minister of Foreign Affairs D.Tsogtbaatar and the EU Ambassador to Mongolia Hans Dietmar Schweisgut signed an Agreement on the Establishment and Privileges and Immunities of the Delegation of the European Union to Mongolia between the Government of Mongolia and the EU and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC) in the State House.
“The opening of the EU Delegation in Mongolia means that a new structure to ensure full implementation of the Framework Agreement has been created,” remarked Foreign Minister D.Tsogtbaatar, emphasizing the importance of the Delegation in further intensification of bilateral relations. “The opening of the EU Delegation is the outcome of diligent efforts of many diplomats from both sides,” he said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs also expressed his appreciation towards the role and contribution of the EU and its member states in nurturing and sustaining democracy and human rights values in Mongolia. The Minister informed that he proposed to cooperate with the EU actively in promotion of SMEs during his meeting with the EU Ambassadors prior to the signing ceremony.
“For the EU, Mongolia is a like-minded partner, a country built on strong democratic potentials, sharing our values and protecting human rights,” remarked Ambassador Schweisgut following the ceremony. “Mongolia has also grown into a bright market economy, therefore we want to expand our relationship in all areas,” he added.
Ambassador Schweisgut stated that the EU looks forward, with the Delegation in Mongolia in cooperation with the Embassies of the EU Member States, to develop bilateral relationship further with focus on trade and investment areas. The Delegation will strengthen the EU's relationship with Mongolia, and is a sign of the EU's long-term commitment to the people of the country.
Ambassador Schweisgut is leading a group of more than 20 ambassadors and senior European diplomats from EU Member States to Mongolia on November 1-3 for their annual meeting with the Mongolian leadership as well as civil society representatives. The objective of these meetings is to take stock of relations between the EU and Mongolia, and to discuss how to strengthen, promote and extend the scope of cooperation between the parties.