Talks between Foreign Ministers of Japan and Mongolia
March 5, 2007
For about 30 minutes from around 17:35 on March 1, Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held talks with Mr. Nymaa Enkhbold, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, who is currently visiting Japan in the official suite of President Nambaryn Enkhbayar, who is now paying an official working visit to Japan. The gist of their talks is as follows:
- On the outset of the talks, Mr. Enkhbold stated that Mongolia places importance on Japan as a third neighboring country together with China and Russia and that the most significant political event of President Enkhbayar's visit to Japan was when the leaders of the two countries signed on February 26 a "joint statement" and a "Japan-Mongolia Basic Action Plan for the coming decade." Mr. Aso and Mr. Enkhbold agreed to make efforts for achieving the cooperation that is incorporated in these documents.
- Mr. Aso said, "I appreciate again Mongolia's favor for Japan concerning the 2008 election for non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council. I understand that you played an important role in bringing about that cooperation, so my gratitude goes to you also."
- Referring to mineral resources in the South Gobi, Mr. Aso announced the establishment of a Japanese joint committee of the government and the private sector to help develop the area.
- Mr. Enkhbold said, "Mongolia has already passed the economic transitional stage and is at the starting point of sustainable development. Therefore, Mongolia will assist the market entry of foreign private companies by, for example, improving legislation." In response, Mr. Aso said that Japan would make joint efforts for the development of economic relations between Japan and Mongolia.
- Mr. Aso said, "For close dialogue between the foreign ministers of Japan and Mongolia in promoting their relations, I would like to invite you to Japan within FY2007." Mr. Enkhbold expressed his gratitude for this invitation and invited Mr. Aso to visit Mongolia. He also requested Mr. Aso's help in inviting the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the House of Councillors to Mongolia.
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