U.S. Ambassador affirms regular direct flights between Mongolia-U.S. possible in near future

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2020-08-14 15:38:59
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Road and Transport Development L.Khaltar today, August 14 met with Ambassador of the United States of America to Mongolia Michael Klecheski.  

Emphasizing that Mongolia successfully conducted two-time direct flights to the United States to bring its citizens stranded in the U.S back to their home country, the U.S. Ambassador said it is possible to operate regular direct passenger flight between Mongolia and the United States in the near future once the preparations are well ensured.

Both Ulaanbaatar Railways JSC and Mongolian Railway state-owned shareholding company of Mongolia have been using locomotives manufactured in the United States in their transportation services for many years. Based on this longstanding experience, the Mongolian side expressed its interest to use U.S. locomotives in the construction project for 414.6 km long railroad between Tavantolgoi and Zuunbayan, and asked to render support on the financing necessary to purchase them.

Besides, the Mongolian minister expressed his willingness to cooperate in the following directions: 

• To train transportation industry workforce in the United States and to introduce new technologies for auto road maintenance and repair in Mongolia, 

• To regularize direct flight to be conducted between Mongolia and the United States and to use an old airport as its original purpose, 

• To promote wider cooperation in areas, such as renovation of aircraft park space, urban planning and transportation management. 

During the meeting, the U.S. Ambassador informed that corresponding officials have been working to launch the implementation of Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Water Compact in Mongolia despite widespread decline due to the pandemic.  

While stressing that he would attach attention on promoting the railroad cooperation, the U.S. Ambassador vowed to study partnership possibilities in new railroad construction projects being carried out by the Mongolian Government.

The Ambassador also mentioned the significant role of human resource and their skills in expanding the scope of bilateral cooperation in road and transport and underlined the necessity to take long-term policy on the sectorial personnel in the United States and award scholarship for them. 

The meeting ended with the Ambassador expressing his confidence that both sides will work towards expanding trade and economic ties and carrying out the projects in a wider sense.