President attaches importance to visit of China’s Defense Minister

2015-10-12 13:47:39

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The leader of Mongolia Mr Ts.Elbegdorj has underlined that a visit of the Defense Minister of the People’s Republic of China to Mongolia has three values.

The President said it last Friday at a meeting with Colonel Chang Wanquan, the PRC Minister of Defense, who visited Mongolia on October 8-10. Mr Elbegdorj noted the state visit of the PRC President Xi Jinpin paid to Mongolia last year was a historical visit to bring the bilateral relations into a comprehensive partnership level, and said the visit of China’s Defense Minister had an importance in fortifying the Mongolia-China comprehensive partnership ties and in lifting up the mutual trust and cooperation in the defense sector. In line of the Defense Minister's visit, some works are expected to be done, he added.

Colonel Chang Wanquan conveyed to Mr Elbegdorj greetings of China’s President Mr Xi Jinpin, said he is happy to see an intensive development of Mongolia, and expressed a satisfaction with the boosting bilateral relations.

Thankfully accepting the greetings, the Mongolian President congratulated his Chinese counterpart on the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the 1945 Liberation War and 66th anniversary of the PRC. He also congratulated China on winning bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics and the 2019 Military World Games.

The President said our countries can collaborate in peacekeeping and thanked China for running joint exercises for abolishing disaster aftermath and rescuing and for sending its troops for the first time this year to the “Khaan Quest” international military exercises.

He is happy with forwarding of the bilateral relations and cooperation in the defense sector, he went on. "Our ties in this sphere play a vital role in deepening the comprehensive strategic relations,” Mr Elbegdorj stressed.

Mongolia considers that combining its "Steppe Road" initiative with China’s "Economic zone of Silk road" initiative could be an important direction of the bilateral economic cooperation, he added.

Present at the meeting were Ts.Tsolmon, Mongolia’s Minister of Defense; Mr Xin Haiming, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Mongolia; and other officials.