Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Pres¬ident Kh.Battulga on Thursday met with Ambassador of the United King¬dom to Mongolia Catherine Arnold.
2018 will mark the 55th anniver¬sary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the UK. The President noted that the UK became the first western country to establish dip¬lomatic relations with Mongolia in 1963.
For her part, the Ambassador touched upon the interest UK com¬panies show in investing in Mongo¬lia, and bilateral cooperation oppor¬tunities in agriculture and tourism sectors, citing the UK’s efforts to promote this potential. The Ambas¬sador also talked about coopera¬tion in innovation and green devel¬opment spheres, and expressed appreciation towards Mongolia’s engagement in peacekeeping mis¬sions.
President Kh.Battulga expressed interest in expanding bilateral coop¬eration in areas such as energy, de¬sertification and agriculture.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On August 3, President Kh.Battulga met with Ambassador of Canada to Mon¬golia Ed Jager who has completed his tenure in Mongolia.
During the meeting, President Kh.Battulga talked about how Mon¬golia and Canada have been coop¬erating mainly in mining sector, and said “We can also cooperate in agri¬culture and sports, especially winter sports”. He also mentioned possibili¬ties of cooperation on advanced ag¬ricultural technologies since the two countries have similar landform and climate.
The President also touched upon some of the works he had done as Minister of Food and Agriculture in cooperation with Canadian experts, and expressed interest in working with Canada on forest growth. He emphasized that cooperation in for¬estry could be as important as coop-eration in mining.
For his part, Ambassador Ed Jag¬er noted how bilateral cooperation can prosper in agriculture, banking and winter sports areas.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ President of Mongolia Kh.Battulga received the Ambassador Extraordi¬nary and Plenipotentiary of Republic of Belarus to Mongolia Mr. Stanis Vladimirovich Chepurnoy.
At the beginning of meeting, President Kh.Battulga expressed his gratitude for Ambassador Stanis Chepurnoy for his congratulatory letter.
After mentioning to further devel¬op cooperation and 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic rela¬tions between the two countries, the sides exchanged views on organiz¬ing Mongolia-Belarus Commission on Trade and Economic Coopera¬tion’s meeting and inviting President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to Mongolia.
Ambassador Stanis Chepurnoy addressed that Belarus is interested in supplying heavy mining machin¬ery to Mongolia.
And President stated that the op¬portunity of developing successful cooperation in agriculture sector is relatively high for the two countries.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Today, on August 3, President Kh.Battulga received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kuwait to Mongolia Khaled Al- Fadhli.
At the beginning of meeting, Ambassador Khaled Al-Fadhli con¬gratulated President Kh.Battulga for getting elected as the head of state of Mongolia and mentioned the Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah’s letter, informing that the letter stated President Kh.Battulga’s response letter was delivered to the Government of Kuwait.
Also, the Ambassador presented the Emir’s heir and Crown Prince of Kuwait Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah’s letter to the President.
President Kh.Battulga expressed his gratitude for the response letters and noted that the two countries’ co¬operation engaged in a wide frame since first establishing diplomatic relations in 1975. Furthermore, the President addressed the facing is¬sues of Ulaanbaatar City, such as traffic, smog and air pollution, and mentioned that the difficulties could be solved by improving urban plan¬ning and building a new satellite city.
Ambassador Khaled Al-Fadhli addressed Emir Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah’s high appreciation towards the development of high-level bilateral political relations and informed that the economic coop¬eration could be further expanded as well.
“Many years ago, the State of Kuwait’s USD 12 million non-refund¬able aid for rebuilding Mongolian Parliament House was redirected and USD 8 million was funded to health sector, while USD 4 million was used in other sectors in need for fund” said Ambassador Khaled Al-Fadhli and informed that Kuwait has been investing in Mongolia’s Health and Infrastructure sectors from Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.
Ambassador Khaled Al-Fadhli supported the President’s proposed idea of creating a new satellite city and expressed Kuwait’s willingness to cooperate in one of the projects and programs through Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.
President Kh.Battulga informed that Mongolia is in possible dan¬ger of desertification and discussed possibilities of studying practices of neutralizing desertification, refores¬tation and grassland establishment.
After highlighting desertification as a topic of interest, Ambassador Khaled Al-Fadhli addressed to dis¬cuss the issue in the next official meetings.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ President of Mongolia Kh.Battulga received the representatives of citi¬zens, who volunteered with patriotic initiatives in times of wildfire hazard, and held consultative meetings to exchange views on August 2.
Mr. President noted “The fact that the public is volunteering for wild¬fire suppression displays their cour¬age and zeal to unite for the country when needed. This incident showed that we’re in dire need for a proper management to administer and guide these efforts”.
The meeting was mostly attend¬ed by the owners of Facebook pag¬es and groups that encouraged and organized volunteering initiatives, such as Pajero club, Turbo Tent, “Tuslamj Negdel” /translation: Help Union/, Fire fighter helping group, representatives of the citizens who collected monetary donation, some soums of Tuv Aimag, Young Cyclers’ Club, Hilux Prado Group, Associa¬tion of Mongolian Auto Sport, Nissan Patrol, Central Gandan – Dashcho¬imbol Datsan, Sonata 6,7, “Shavi” school 2E class, Alphard Club, Mon¬golian Blind Association, ATV mo¬torbike union, Rotary Mongolia and Rotaract clubs.
President Kh.Battulga will be de¬livering his gratitude letter to each volunteers of wildfire suppression through National Emergency Man¬agement Agency. And the represen¬tatives who have gathered were gift¬ed the President’s letter on this day.
As of August 1, 2017, a total of 760 private entities, people, the Government and non-government organizations have sent monetary donations of over MNT 780 million to NEMA. Also, “Association of Mon¬golians Abroad” has gathered MNT 75 million worth monetary and ma-terialistic aid from Mongolians living in 12 countries.
However, wildfire danger has not averted yet. As of today, August 2, a total of 14 wildfires are raging across the country, 9 of them are in Seleng Aimag and the rest are in Bulgan, Khuvsgul and Zavkhan. NEMA is sending backups to Mandal soum, Selenge Aimag. The slow process of wildfire suppression is also the fault of people’s irresponsible actions. The officials reported that around 70 percent of the wildfires were caused by human activities and careless¬ness.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ To¬day, on August 3, Prime Minister of Mongolia J.Erdenebat received the Ambassador of Canada to Mongolia Ed Jager in connection with his re¬turn to Canada.
At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Ed Jager addressed the devel¬opment of bilateral relations and various activities done during his term and expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister. For the sides to extend current “Comprehensive Partnership” to “Complete Partner¬ship”, the Prime Minister’s involve¬ment and contribution is significant, marked the Ambassador Ed Jager. PM J.Erdenebat requested Can¬ada to actively cooperate on “Agree¬ment on Promotion and Protection of Foreign Investment”, which start¬ed implementing this year and gave positive signs of Mongolian legal environment to Canadian and other foreign investors, by promoting the agreement.
Although our country actively co¬operate with Canada in the mining sector, the Government is focusing on diversifying the economy, which is heavily dependent on mining sec¬tor, and interested in cooperating in the agriculture sphere, expressed Prime Minister. Additionally, a total of USD 6.9 worth of products were imported from Canada in the first half of 2017.
PM then said “Mr. Ed Jager, Mon¬golia will continue to be the main partner of Canada. Within the frame of Development Program of Cana¬dian Government, Mongolia was listed as one of the 25 countries to be granted development aid, imple¬menting 6 projects worth of CAD 55.4 million since 2016.
Aside from the major project of Oyu Tolgoi, our two countries coop¬erate actively in mining and trade sectors, and the banking sector co¬operation is intensifying as well, said Ambassador of Canada to Mongolia Mr. Ed Jager.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Pres¬ident Kh.Battulga has issued a de¬cree and appointed State Honored Cultural Figure Ts.Khulan his Cultur¬al and Religious Policy Advisor. Ms Khulan Tsoodol is a journalist and celebrated poet.
Ts.Khulan is the leader of Mon¬golian Nation authors’ association, laureate of the 100 Best Works in Literature Award from the Institute for World Literature (2009), a mem¬ber of board of the Project on Trans¬lating Ganjuur and Danjuur sutras, academic candidate at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Saint Peters¬burg State University, former direc¬tor of the State Puppet Theatre and author of more than 10 publications of literature, translation and journal¬istic works.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A court session of supervisory in¬stance for suspects of S.Zorig‘s murder is taking place on August 4. Ts.Amgalanbaatar, B.Sodnomdarjaa and T.Chimgee were sentenced to 24-25 years of imprisonment in high-security correctional facilities as a result of the hearings conducted last December.
The appellate court has not changed the court decision on the grounds that the witness testimo-nies had been proven by evidence.
Meanwhile, the defendants re¬fused to accept the court decisions and the case has now been trans¬ferred to supervisory court.
Sanjaasurengiin Zorig, who had been working as the Minister for In¬frastructure and a member of parlia¬ment, was allegedly assasinated on October 2 of 1998. Until 2016, the case had remained unresolved.

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