Mongolia and India to celebrate 65th diplomatic anniversary next yearPolitics
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to Mongolia, Mr. Mohinder Pratap Singh recently took part in a site tour to the Mongolia’s largest mining development project Oyu Tolgoi in Khanbogd soum, Umnugobi aimag.
He had a short interview with The Mongol Messenger, a weekly newspaper in English language by MONTSAME News Agency, sharing his impression on the Oyu Tolgoi mine development works as well as information regarding the oil refinery under construction with an Indian loan and an upcoming diplomatic anniversary between the two nations.
Ambassador M.P.Singh said “Oyu Tolgoi project being the largest development of Mongolia and the world’s fifth-biggest are big numbers. But if you come here and see with your own eyes, you will realize how massive the project is, including the impressive open pit mine. The project’s very economical use of water, adherence to safety precautions and measures, quiet efficient transportation system, leverage of technologies and support for local economy of Umnugobi aimag are the first things that made a great impression on me today”.
He continued “I also would like to mention that when we entered the Oyu Tolgoi facility, we saw three wild asses within the fenced-off area of the site, which shows the project’s respect for wildlife, herders and local livelihoods. I really look forward to come back here to see the underground mine once it is done”.
As development of an oil refinery in Dornogobi aimag is currently underway, the Indian Ambassador M.P.Singh gladly noted about the Indian Government’s decision to offer additional USD 236 million line of credit beyond the initial financing of USD 1 billion for the first ever oil refinery in Mongolia and such investment makes the oil refinery the largest project by Indian assistance in the world.
Remarking the completion of oil refinery infrastructure development works, Mr. M.P.Singh said “As strategic partners and historical friends, Mongolia and India have a far greater advantages to make an impact on every single aspect of Mongolian economy. In this regard, the Government of India has announced annual scholarships to train qualified Mongolian engineers and technicians with a view to ensure successful operation of the oil refinery immediately after the commissioning of the oil refinery expected in 2023”. The head of India’ diplomatic mission, who has been appointed to Mongolia since last February, believes that the oil refinery will become a remarkable symbol of Mongolian-Indian friendship.
One of important milestones for Mongolia-Indian relationship is the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, which will be marked next year with a series of political, social and cultural events, such as high-level and ministerial visits, cultural festival, etc. According to him, Indian Cultural Festival, giving Mongolians opportunities to enjoy experiences of Indian arts, culture and Buddhist philosophy as well as a screening of a famous Indian TV series and a visit of an important guest from India to Mongolia are planned starting at the end of this year to have a grand celebration of this historic occasion.