India, Mongolia foreign ministers to meet more often; decision after Swaraj’s visit to UlaanBataar

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also held a joint press briefing with Mongolian Foreign Minister

After China, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Mongolia on Wednesday to discuss economic cooperation in areas such as infrastructure development, energy, services and IT.

She also agreed to explore possibility of launching direct air connectivity between New Delhi and the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also held a joint press briefing with Mongolian Foreign Minister D Tsogtbaatar after the 6th Session of the Indian-Mongolia Joint Committee on Cooperation.

Swaraj, the first Indian foreign minister to visit the resource-rich country in 42 years, said India sees Mongolia as a factor of stability in East Asia and believes that Mongolia’s social and economic development is important for peace and prosperity in the region.

The two sides also reviewed the progress in the ongoing collaborative projects, including the refinery project selected by the Government of Mongolia for implementation with the support of USD one billion Indian Line of Credit.

She said Mongolia is not only India’s strategic partner but also a spiritual neighbour.

There was also agreement that India and Mongolia will have more frequent visits now on at Foreign Minister’s level.

She said that India is committed for capacity building programmes for the people of Mongolia, including in areas such as training in English language and IT.

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