Foreign Minister holds official talks with his Japanese counterpart

2019-06-17 14:27:02

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On June 16, Minister of Foreign Affairs D.Tsogtbaatar held official talks with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono.

At the meeting, Minister D.Tsogtbaatar expressed gratitude to the Government of Japan for supporting sustainable development in Mongolia and implementing economic reforms through structure diversification. As the Mongolia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement started giving positive results, it was proposed to organize the meeting of relevant subcommittees on intensifying implementation of the agreement. Minister Taro Kono noted that the countries need to increase trade in both directions and pledged to provide support in this regard.

Mongolian side requested for the next phase of the ‘Two-Step-Loan Project for Small and Medium-Scaled Enterprises Development and Environmental Protection’ implemented with a soft loan from the Government of Japan.

The parties expressed satisfaction with the successful negotiations on the establishment of New Ulaanbaatar International Airport Concession Agreement and agreed to intensify the work on the airport opening in the near future.

Minister Taro Kono noted that he was delighted to attend the inauguration of the Mongolia-Japan Teaching Hospital built with the grant aid from the Government of Japan. Mongolian side expressed gratitude, emphasizing its valuable contribution to human resource development of the sector.

Mongolia demonstrated interested in increasing technical cooperation, financing and investment in agriculture sector, participating in the initiatives and investment projects aimed at improving regional transportation, logistics and energy network.

The parties agreed to further continue operations in frames of the Memorandum of Cooperation on a Basic Framework for Proper Operation of the System pertaining to Foreign Human Resources with the Status of Residence ‘Specified Skilled Worker’ signed in April, 2019. It was also agreed to hold the first Consular Consultative Meeting between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in July, 2019.

The sides also discussed the expansion of cultural, arts and sports exchange in connection with the 2020 Summer Olympics, Paralympic Games and celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Agreement on Cultural Relations between Mongolia and Japan.