ULAN BATOR, Sept 17 (NNN-MONGOLIAWEB) – Mongolian President, Khaltmaa Battulga, met with visiting Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, here yesterday, with both sides pledging to promote cooperation in trade and pandemic prevention and control.
During the meeting, Battulga asked Wang to convey his sincere greetings to Chinese President, Xi Jinping.
Battulga said, Mongolia attaches great importance to Mongolia-China relations, and is willing to work hand in hand with China, to constantly enrich the Mongolia-China comprehensive strategic partnership.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries supported and helped each other in fighting the disease, he said, recalling his special visit to China, during which the president expressed his support for China in person.
The economic and trade cooperation between the two countries has been developing smoothly, and there is broad space for future cooperation, Battulga said.
Mongolia is willing to deepen cooperation with China in various fields, continuously expand trade, increase exports of high-quality agricultural and livestock products, as well as, coal to China, strengthen cooperation at border ports and in cross-border road and rail transportation, and facilitate economic, trade and personnel exchanges, he said.
Mongolia is willing to work with China to strengthen cooperation between Mongolia, China and Russia, to jointly safeguard regional development, prosperity, peace and stability, the president said.
Wang said, since the outbreak of COVID-19, China and Mongolia helped each other to overcome difficulties together, which demonstrates the concept of building a community with a shared future for mankind.
In Feb, in particular, President Battulga visited China at a critical time of the pandemic, and offered 30,000 sheep as a token of support, which tells a good story of the China-Mongolia friendship, Wang said.
China has also actively provided medical supplies to Mongolia and shared prevention and treatment experience, as well as, information without reservation, he added.
The two countries should step up their post-pandemic cooperation, Wang said, noting that, the huge Chinese market will provide an important opportunity for Mongolia’s development.
China is willing to import more agricultural and livestock products, as well as, energy products that meet the needs of its domestic market, strengthen cooperation at border ports and in cross-border transportation of goods, discuss the signing of a free trade agreement at an early date, and promote continuous growth of bilateral trade.
Wang emphasised that China and Mongolia are neighbours and should always be good friends.
“This is the general direction we must adhere to,” he said, noting that the two sides should strengthen political mutual trust, consolidate political foundation of bilateral relations, and ensure a long-term healthy and stable development of bilateral ties.– NNN-MONGOLIAWEB