H.E. Battsetseg Batmunkh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, held official talks with H.E. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, during her official visit to Canada.
In the beginning of the talks, the two Ministers expressed satisfaction with Mongolia-Canada bilateral relations, which have grown into “Expanded Partnership” over last 50 years, based on the shared commitment to promoting and protecting democracy, the rule of law, and human rights.
The visit of Foreign Minister B.Battsetseg coincides with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Canada. The Mongolian Foreign Minister emphasized during the meeting that expanding cooperation with its important “Third Neighbour” – Canada is one of the priorities of Mongolian multi-pillared foreign policy that upholds peace and freedom.
The Ministers pointed out that the political and security dialogue between the two countries had expanded over the last years along with significant increase of the Canadian investment to Mongolia. The Ministers also noted successful implementation of the development cooperation in the areas of sustainable resource management, civil service reform, good governance, and women’s economic empowerment.
During the official talks the two Ministers reaffirmed the achievements of Mongolia-Canada cooperation and agreed to upgrade the bilateral relations to Comprehensive Partnership for the common prosperity of two countries, as well as peace and stability in the region. Minister Joly emphasized that Mongolia is a like-minded, important democratic partner of Canada in the Indo-Pacific region and commended the initiatives of the Mongolian Foreign Minister towards women leadership and feminist oriented foreign policy.
The Ministers exchanged views on upcoming high-level visits and other events for the next year and agreed to intensify cooperation in the fields of green economy, mining, environment, fight against desertification, agriculture, agri-food, digital transformation and education, including training of English language teachers in Mongolia.
Foreign Minister B.Battsetseg proposed to explore possibilities on travel facilitation for the citizens of the two countries and further development of air transport cooperation.
The two sides exchanged views on the current issues of regional and international affairs and issued a joint statement on the result of the official talks.