Home Minister Rajnath Singh visits Mongolia

During the visit, Home Minister Rajnath Singh called on the President of Mongolia, K. Battulga and held talks with Prime Minister, U. Khurelsukh, and Minister of Justice and Home Affairs, Ts. Nyamdorj

June 24, 2018

Talks focused on wide-ranging issues of bilateral interest, including cooperation in disaster risk reduction, border management, and capacity building programmes in security domain

India and Mongolia has shared a longstanding diplomatic relationship that got elevated to a Strategic Partnership in 2015 during PM Modi’s visit to mark 60th anniversary of ties

During the visit, Mr Singh and PM Khurelsukh attended the ground-breaking of Mongolia’s first petrochemical refinery project to be built with a credit of US$1 billion extended by India

Government of India will provide a high capacity server for Mongolian border security force’s main control centre in order to assist them in more efficient border management

Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, paid an official visit to Mongolia from June 21-24. During the visit, Home Minister called on the President of Mongolia, K. Battulga and held talks with Prime Minister, U. Khurelsukh, and Minister of Justice and Home Affairs, Ts. Nyamdorj. The talks focused on wide-ranging issues of bilateral interest, including cooperation in disaster risk reduction, border management, and capacity building programmes in security domain. India and Mongolia has shared a longstanding diplomatic relationship that got elevated to a Strategic Partnership in 2015 during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. This visit coincided with the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Bilateral trade between the nations was reported at US$22.2 million during 2017-18.

During the visit, Home Minister Singh and PM Khurelsukh presided over the ground-breaking ceremony of Mongolia’s first petrochemical refinery project. The refinery will be built with a credit of US$1 billion extended by India, which was announced during PM Modi’s 2015 visit to Mongolia. The refinery project will contribute to Mongolia’s economic development and long-term energy security. Additionally, Mr Singh visited the headquarters of the Mongolian General Authority for Border Protection (GABP) and announced Government of India’s decision to provide a high capacity server for the GABP’s main control centre in order to assist them in more efficient border management. GABP and India’s Border Security Force (BSF) have ongoing exchanges and cooperation under an agreement signed in 2015.

During the bilateral talks that Mr Singh held with the Mongolian leadership, both sides agreed on the need to step up cooperation in a number of areas such as air connectivity, trade and economic cooperation, energy security, mining, traditional medicine, animal husbandry, capacity building, education, people-to-people contacts, media exchanges and cooperation in film production. Home Minister’s Mongolia visit comes as a part of sustained high-level exchanges between the two countries amid India’s ongoing outreach in Central Asia. Most recently, PM Modi met with the President Battulga on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Qingdao, China, on June 10. Earlier, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj paid an official visit to Mongolia on April 25-26, 2018.

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