Japan-Mongolia Summit Meeting

November 19, 2010

Japan-Mongolia Summit Meeting(Photo)
(Photos: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
Japan-Mongolia Summit Meeting(Photo)
(Photos: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

On November 19 (Fri), a little past 6:30 p.m., Mr. Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan, had a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office with Mr. Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia, who was on his working visit to Japan as an official guest (participants from the Mongolian side: Mr. Gombojav Zandanshatar, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade; Mr. Luvsanvandan Bold, Minister for Defense; Mr. Rentsendoo Jigjid, Ambassador to Japan, and others; participants from the Japanese side: Mr. Akihiro Ohata, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry; Mr. Tetsuro Fukuyama, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary; Mr. Takuo Kidokoro, Ambassador to Mongolia, and others).
The overview of the meeting is as follows:

After the meeting, the two leaders signed the “Japan-Mongolia Joint Statement for Building a Strategic Partnership.” Also, the exchange of notes on the Two-Step-Loan Project for Small and Medium Enterprises Development and Environmental Protection (Phase II) and other documents were signed between Mr. Seiji Maehara, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Ms. Sadako Ogata, President of JICA, from the Japanese side and Minister Zandanshatar from the Mongolian side, in the presence of the two leaders. After that, Prime Minister Kan hosted a banquet, where the leaders enjoyed conversation on culture, sports, history, and other topics in a congenial atmosphere.

  1. Japan-Mongolia Relations

    (1) Prime Minister Kan started the conversation by welcoming President Elbegdorj’s visit to Japan.

    (2) Both sides agreed to elevate their bilateral relations from a “Comprehensive Partnership” to a “Strategic Partnership.”

  2. Building a “Strategic Partnership”

    (1) Both sides agreed to advance exchanges and cooperation to build a “Strategic Partnership,” based on four pillars: (i) promoting high-level dialogues, (ii) advancing economic relations, (iii) revitalizing people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and (iv) strengthening coordination to address regional and global issues.

    (2) Promoting high-level dialogues: Both sides confirmed the intention to promote summit level dialogues and hold a foreign ministers’ meeting annually. President Elbegdorj invited Prime Minister Kan to visit Mongolia. In response, Prime Minister Kan responded that he will consider the possibility of such a visit.

    (3) Advancing economic relations: Bilateral cooperation will be promoted to develop mineral resources in Mongolia, including coal, uranium, rare metal/earth, and other raw materials. To start the negotiations on a Japan-Mongolia Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) at the early stage of FY2011, both sides will accelerate the review process. Furthermore, the Two-Step-Loan Project for Small and Medium Enterprises Development and Environmental Protection (Phase II) was signed.

    (4) Revitalizing people-to-people and cultural exchanges: Japan welcomed the visa exemption that Mongolia granted to Japanese visitors. The two sides will also collaborate in holding a ceremonial event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    (5) Strengthening coordination to address regional and global issues: The Mongolian side expressed support for Japan’s vision on the United Nations Security Council reform. Both sides will also strengthen cooperation on the issues of North Korea. The Japanese side asked for cooperation on the abduction issue.