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14:10, 12 March 2018

Mongolia, Turkey discuss ties

AKIPRESS.COM - Mongolian Parliament Speaker Miyegombyn Enkhbold met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to Turkey, the Parliament’s press office said on March 10.

The sides exchanged views on a wide range of issues concerning bilateral relations during the meeting, which continued for more than an hour, Montsame news agency reported.

Speaker Enkhbold expressed Mongolia’s support to Turkey’s leading efforts in the fight against terrorism, and readiness to develop bilateral economic relations and activate commercial cooperation, especially in agriculture, tourism, light industry, urban planning, construction, education, arts, culture and health sectors in order to fully utilize the potentials. “The basis for this cooperation lies within the historical bond our two countries share,” said the Speaker, highlighting the importance of direct cooperation between the private sectors and businesses.

For his part, President Erdogan expressed Turkey’s readiness to help redirect Turkish investment in areas of interest. “We regard Mongolians as our brothers,” said the President, while proposing to cooperate in education, civil aviation, urban development and investment spheres. In specific, the President expressed his support of the project to establish a tourism complex based on Orkhon Valley.

Furthermore, President Erdogan shared his experience in dealing with public transport issues while working as the Mayor of Istanbul, saying that it was possible for the two countries to cooperate in this area. The President also agreed to look into the matter of importing meat and meat products from Mongolia.

Speaker M.Enkhbold agreed to pay attention to the matter of operations of Turkish schools in Mongolia, expressing his confidence that the corresponding organizations will find a mutually beneficial solution.

Mongolia and Turkey will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations next year. The dignitaries agreed to put diligent efforts to strengthen bilateral relations in anticipation of the anniversary.

Speaker Enkhbold previously visited Turkey and met Mr. Erdogan in 2003 as Mayor of Ulaanbaatar and in 2006 as Prime Minister. President Erdogan visited Mongolia in 2005 and 2013 as Prime Minister.

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