Japan-Mongolia Summit Meeting (Overview)
September 25, 2012
On Tuesday, September 25, Mr. Yoshihiko Noda, the Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting New York, the United States of America, to attend the United Nations General Assembly, held a Japan-Mongolia summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Tsakhia Elbegdorj, the President of Mongolia, for approximately 25 minutes from 02:25 pm (local time). An overview of the meeting is as follows:
- At the beginning, Prime Minister Noda stated that he was pleased to hold a summit meeting in the commemorative year of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Prime Minister Noda also stated that H.E. Mr. Luvsanvandan Bold, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, would soon make his official visit to Japan upon invitation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and on the occasion of the 40th anniversary, he would like to strengthen relations with Mongolia more than before. In response to this, President Elbegdorj stated that he was pleased by the development of the relations toward construction of the “strategic partnership” in the commemorative year of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
- Prime Minister Noda stated that the start of the negotiation of the Japan-Mongolia Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in June this year, which is expected to further promote economic relations of the two countries, was a historic event symbolizing the bilateral relations. He also expressed his expectation toward the Mongolian Government’s support for the participation of Japanese corporations in the development of mineral resources in Mongolia, particularly in the development of the Tavan Tolgoi coalfield. In response, President Elbegdorj expressed his expectation toward expansion of investments from Japan and to support such investments and stated that such expansion of investments would meet national interest of the both countries.
- In addition, Prime Minister Noda expressed his gratitude for consistent support of Japan’s stance concerning the reform of the United Nations Security Council by Mongolia and mentioned cooperation between the two countries in the international arena. Prime Minister Noda also explained Japan’s stance concerning current Japan-China relations. Both parties exchanged opinions concerning the strengthening of human exchanges and cooperation in the international arena and in the region and agreed views that promotion of such high-level dialogue leads to strengthening of bilateral relations.