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16 May 201814:33

Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Mongolia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Damdin Tsogtbaatar Moscow, May 16, 2018

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Mr Minister,

Friends,

We are delighted to welcome you to Moscow. We maintain regular contacts, which is evidence of the strategic nature of relations between Russia and Mongolia. It is one of our foreign policy priorities.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga held talks in both August and September 2017. These meetings indicated broad mutual understanding on key bilateral and international matters. The most important part was a common desire to bolster our interaction in all spheres. I would like to say that our national security councils also maintain regular contacts. Their secretaries have recently conferred on matters related to the ministries of defence, transport, energy, the economy, finance, agriculture and foreign affairs, of course. Our current meeting once again is proof of our cooperation.

We appreciate the rapidly developing cross-border and interregional ties. The Russian-Mongolian Intergovernmental Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation convened its latest meeting in February this year. The commission is making a major and highly valuable contribution to our practical interaction.

We remember about an important date in our shared history which we will mark next year – the 80th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Khalkhin Gol. It is a symbol of combat fraternity and friendship between our people. In 2009, we signed a Declaration of Strategic Partnership. When I was visiting Ulaanbaatar in 2016, we signed a Mid-Term Programme for the Promotion of the Strategic Partnership. I believe that this is a good opportunity for discussing the implementation of these documents.

I am glad to see you.

Welcome to Moscow.

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