Japan-Mongolia Summit Meeting
September 6, 2017
- On September 6, commencing at 6 p.m. (local time) for approximately 50 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting Vladivostok, the Russian Federation, to attend the Eastern Economic Forum, held a Japan-Mongolia Summit Meeting with H.E. Mr. Khaltmaa Battulga, President of Mongolia.
- Prime Minister Abe congratulated President Battulga on his appointment as President of Mongolia in July this year. He also emphasized that Mongolia is an important regional partner for Japan, and he intends to continue cooperating with President Battulga to build a genuine, mutually beneficial "Strategic Partnership" in accordance with the Japan-Mongolia Mid-term Action Plan for a Strategic Partnership that was drawn up between the two countries in March this year. Prime Minister Abe stated that he hopes to gain President Battulga's cooperation in order to open the new Ulaanbaatar International Airport promptly.
- President Battulga expressed gratitude for Japan's assistance thus far for Mongolia's economic development, including the international airport, and Japan's financial support through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) assistance program. In addition, President Battulga stressed that Mongolia continues to attach importance to its relationship with Japan, mentioning that Asash?ry?, who attended the Summit Meeting, has been appointed as a Special Presidential Envoy in order to advance Mongolia's cooperative relationship with Japan, and expressed expectation of various bilateral cooperation in the future.
- Prime Minister Abe stated that North Korea's decision to go ahead with the nuclear test, following the launch of a ballistic missile that flew over Japan, poses an unprecedented, grave and imminent threat and is totally unacceptable. Prime Minister Abe also stated that effective pressure on North Korea needs to be intensified. The two leaders confirmed the importance of implementing United Nations Security Council resolutions rigorously and fully, and confirmed that Japan and Mongolia will continue to cooperate, including the early resolution of the abductions issue.