Mongolia, India vow closer ties

08:05, June 29, 2010      

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Mongolia and India will strengthen their traditional friendly ties and enhance economic cooperation, parliament speakers of the two countries agreed Monday.

Mongolia's parliament speaker Damdin Demberel welcomed the visit of Meira Kumar, speaker of India's Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) in Ulan Bator as the two countries celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.

Demberel said that meetings and exchange channels between the two governments and parliaments are increasing, citing a recent agreement between Mongolian government offices and Lok Sabha offices to sign a series of cooperation protocols.

He noted that bilateral relations and cooperation have been developing in areas such as economy, culture, humanity and commerce. Total trade volume has been increasing. Over 400 Mongolian students and lamas are studying in India and Mongolian civil servants are involved in language and information technology courses there.

Mongolia aims to use its rich mineral resources to promote economic development and invites India to invest in this sector. Mongolia also wants to collaborate with India in the uranium and nuclear energy sector, Demberel said.

Kumar said parliamentary ties played an important role in enhancing relations between the two countries. She agreed that Mongolia and India have opportunities to collaborate in commercial, mining and agricultural sectors.

She also proposed measures to strengthen communication between the two parliaments and suggested that Mongolia increase the number of civil servants who study in India.

Source: Xinhua


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