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FMForeign Minister Ts. Munkh-Orgil met Director of the Peace Corps Mrs. Carrie             Hessler-Radelet, who is visiting Mongolia in the framework of the 25th anniversary of Peace Corps’ mission in Mongolia.

Minister Ts. Munkh-Orgil emphasized that the Peace Corps’ activities in Mongolia have played an important role in strengthening the people-to-people links between Mongolia and the United States. The two sides discussed opportunities for further expansion of cooperation through new potential programs.

The Peace Corps was established in 1961 under the initiative of the then President              John Kennedy. Since, more than 220 thousand Peace Corps volunteers worked in over 140 countries around the world. The Peace Corps’ mission in Mongolia started in 1991, and more than 1200 volunteers worked in every aimag of Mongolia.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Mongolia Mrs. B. Battsetseg attended the ceremony dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Peace Corps’ mission in Mongolia. In her opening remarks, Deputy Foreign Minister stressed that the activities of the Peace Corps are an integral part of the transformation of Mongolian society, and wished success to the new 46 volunteers of the 27th group, who were sworn-in during the event.

The Peace Corps’ Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet was received by the President of Mongolia, H.E. Mr. Ts. Elbegdorj.

President Elbegdorj emphasized that the dynamic relations between Mongolia and the United States are successfully developing in areas of political, economic and defense cooperation, as well as other fields. President Elbegdorj highlighted the specific contribution of the Peace Corps in strengthening the people-to-people relations between our countries. The two sides discussed the “People’s messenger” volunteering initiative.