Foreign Ministers of Mongolia and Canada Hold Official Talks

2023-11-21 19:16:12

Ulaanbaatar, November 21, 2023 /MONTSAME. At the invitation of Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly, Foreign Minister of Mongolia Battsetseg Batmunkh, is paying an Official Visit to Canada on November 20-22, 2023. Minister Mélanie Joly and Foreign Minister B. Battsetseg held official talks on November 21, 2023. 

At the onset of the Meeting, the Ministers expressed satisfaction that over the last half a century Mongolia and Canada relations have grown to an Expanded Partnership based on the shared commitments to promoting democracy, the rule of law, and human rights.  Foreign Minister B. Battsetseg noted that the Official Visit is taking place during the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Canada, and highlighted that the relations with Canada, a third neighbour of Mongolia place an important position in Mongolia’s peace-loving, independent and multi-pillar foreign policy.


The two sides commended that in the past political and security dialogue between the two countries has expanded, Canadian investment in Mongolia has increased significantly, and cooperation has been developing successfully in sustainable management of natural resources, civil service reform, good governance, and women's empowerment.


During the talks, the two Ministers agreed to upgrade the bilateral relations to a Comprehensive Partnership for the prosperity of Mongolia and Canada as well as peace and stability in the region by strengthening the achievements of Mongolia-Canada relations and cooperation.


Minister M. Joly emphasized that Mongolia is a democratic partner of Canada in the Indo-Pacific region, which shares a common view, and commended Foreign Minister B. Battsetseg’s initiative to promote women's leadership and feminist foreign policy.


The two Ministers exchanged views on visits and activities to be held next year and agreed to expand the trade and investment relations and prioritize cooperation in the green economy, mining, environment, desertification, agriculture, agri-food, e-transition, and education including training of  English teachers. 


Minister B. Battsetseg put concrete proposals on facilitating travel conditions and developing aviation relations. The two parties also exchanged views on the current regional and international situation and pressing issues.  The parties issued a joint declaration on the results of the official talks.


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