India on 9 July 2013 agreed to co-operate with Mongolia in developing its renewable Energy Sector and Human Resource Development. The agreement between the two nations was reached during a meet between the Farooq Abdullah Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj at Ulaanbaatar during his visit to Mongolia.
Farooq Abdullah was on a visit to Mongolia to represent India at the oath taking ceremony of Elbegdorj, who has been re-elected as the President for his second four-year term. During his visit, Abdullah also handed over the letter of felicitation to Elbegdorj from President of India, Pranab Mukherjee lauding his personal vision and commitment towards the comprehensive partnership between the two countries and to invite him to visit India.
During his visit to Mongolia, Abdullah also met Foreign Minister of Mongolia Lu Bold and Minister of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia, Sanjaasuren Oyun.
The bilateral relations between India and Mongolia has expanded in recent past and at present it covers cooperation in defence and strategic issues along with educational and cultural exchanges.
To give a new boost to the bilateral relations, the President of Mongolia Elbegdorj selected India as the first destination for foreign visit after taking over as President of Mongolia for his first term, in 2009. The Union Government’s decision to depute a senior Cabinet Minister to the President’s inauguration is a signal of importance that India places Mongolia and towards further strengthening of bilateral relations with Mongolia.
Keeping apart the political relations, the two nations share a close linkage with each other in terms of civilization and culture as Mongolia mainly is a Buddhist country. Several Mongolians travel to India for spiritual, educational and medical purposes.
When: 9 July 2013