Courtesy Call on Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, by Mr. Dambii Dorligjav, Head of the Office of the President of Mongolia
March 11, 2010
- Mr. Dambii Dorligjav, Head of the Office of the President of Mongolia, who is visiting Japan, paid a courtesy call on Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, for approximately thirty minutes from 4:20 p.m. on March 11 (Thu) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Minister Okada began by expressing his condolences for the severe damage to livestock caused by waves of extreme cold this winter, and stated that Japan has decided to provide all the aid it can. In response, Mr. Dorligjav shared his gratitude for the Government of Japan’s aid for this disaster.
- Mr. Dorligjav stated that it is necessary to strategically develop the relations between Japan and Mongolia, and that he hopes to conclude an EPA between the two countries, as well as for Japanese businesses to participate in the necessary infrastructure development, such as railroads, for development of Mongolia’s bountiful mineral and other resource development. He also stated that the Government of Mongolia is considering visa exemptions for Japanese citizens from the standpoint of invigorating human exchange. In response, Minister Okada said that Japan-Mongolia relations have swiftly developed in the twenty years after the democratization of Mongolia, and that he will do all he can as Minister for Foreign Affairs to further encourage this trend.
Last year, in addition to a drought that affected approximately seventy percent of the land in Mongolia, extreme cold caused even more snow to accumulate than usual in Mongolia. This caused a “zud” in which a great deal of livestock died because they could not find enough fodder, with extensive damages to livestock. In response to this disaster and based on a request from the Government of Mongolia, the Government of Japan has decided to extend the following aid to provide food and livtock feed.
- Grassroots human security grant aid (2 projects: total approximately 193,000 USD)
- Approval for collateral funds for non-project grant aid (approximately 720 million MNT [approximately 500,000 USD])