Foreign Affairs Minister of Japan Taro Kono pays courtesy call on President Kh.BattulgaPolitics
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Taro Kono paid an official visit to Mongolia on June 15-17, at the invitation of his Mongolian counterpart D.Tsogtbaatar. Within the framework of his visit, Mr. Taro Kono paid a courtesy call on President of Mongolia Kh.Battulga on June 16.
Mentioning that Japan had remained close to and assisted Mongolia during the socialist era and after the transition to market economy, President Kh.Battulga said that present-day bilateral cooperation should be based on the principles of a mutually beneficial partnership rather than relying on aids and soft loans.
In particular, the President stressed that Mongolia is enabled to export about 6000 types of products to Japan on preferential tariff treatment within the framework of Economic Partnership Agreement established with Japan. “However, types of export goods, apart of cashmere products, have not actually increased. Therefore, attentions need to be paid for this matter," he said. Moreover, the President asked to focus on building regular mechanism to promote bilateral economic and other relations, suggesting to belong it to responsibilities of Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting, the sides touched issue on railway construction of Mongolia and shared detailed views on the issue which is meeting interests to ensure energy need of Japan and export energy sources of Mongolia.
Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono accepted the proposal of the President and said he would pay attention on increasing frequency of reciprocal visits and meetings within proposals such as establishing regular mechanism for bilateral relations.
While conveying greetings to the Emperor of Japan Naruhito, the President informed he warmly received an invitation to participate in enthronement ceremony to proclaim the imperial succession.