Scholarships to remain as main aspect of Mongolia-Australia cooperation

2016-03-31 13:05:19

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The first Resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Australia to Mongolia H.E. Mr John Langtry made an official statement this March 30 providing information about Mongolia-Australia ties in long-term development sectors, investment and defense, as well as people-to-people connections.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972, Mongolia and Australia have been maintaining good friendship and collaboration, for 44 years. In 2008, Mongolia opened its Embassy in Canberra, and the Australian Consulate in Ulaanbaatar started operating in 2012.

A new page opened for bilateral ties when Australia opened the Embassy last December in Ulaanbaatar.

Mr Langtry, when asked about the priorities of Australian diplomatic mission in Mongolia, highlighted Australia's strives to promote Mongolia’s democratic development, economic prosperity and people-to-people ties. According to him, 10.8 million AUD have been budgeted as aid for Mongolia in 2015-2016 fiscal year, a majority of it will go to scholarships. From 2002 until now, over 400 Mongolians have received postgraduate training and degrees on Australian government scholarships, and about 6,000 Mongolian nationals have received education in Australia.

The Australian Embassy held an official opening ceremony this March 30 at Shangri-La Hotel for “Global Alumni Network Portal”. Remarks were given by the Ambassador Mr Langtry, Deputy PM of Mongolia Ts.Oyunbaatar and a president of Mongolia Australia Society (Mozzies) N.Enkhbold MP.