Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh had visited Mongolia on a 3-day official visit to strengthen the cultural bond with Ulaanbaatar. With the ‘Third Neighbour’ policy of Mongolia, it looks forward to strengthen bonds with countries other than Russia and China.
Rajnath Singh tweeted, “Had a fruitful meeting with the President of Mongolia Mr. Battulga Khaltma at State Palace in Ulaanbaatar. India appreciates Mongolia’s ‘Third Neighbour’ policy. We hope this will be crucial in further strengthening bilateral cooperation in strategic areas as well as trade & commerce as we share the same spiritual bond.”
The Home Minister even contacted the Prime Minister of Mongolia – Mr. Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh to speak about border management, disaster management and cyber security. India has invested $1 billion in an oil-refinery, which is to be constructed at Altanshiree Soum in Dornogobi province in Mongolia as a milestone in the bilateral ties. Singh met the supreme leader of All Mongolian Buddhist (AMB) and the Abbot of the Monastery, Lama Gabju Choijamts during his visit to the Gandantsegchinlen Monastery in Ulaanbaatar.
The Indian government considers Mongolia as an important ‘Strategic Partner’ after our Prime Minister Modi visited there in 2015. The two countries have had a diplomatic relation for almost 60 years now. In April 2018, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also visited Mongolia to meet her counterpart and have discussion on economic cooperation in infrastructure development, energy, services and information technology.