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Business News/ Politics / Policy/  Rajnath Singh leaves for Mongolia to boost bilateral relations
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Rajnath Singh leaves for Mongolia to boost bilateral relations

India wants to realize the huge potential of bilateral relations with Mongolia, Rajnath Singh said in his pre-departure message

Home minister Rajnath Singh.Premium
Home minister Rajnath Singh.

New Delhi: Union home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday left for his maiden three-day visit to Mongolia, aimed at strengthening India’s relation with the strategically important East Asian country that shares its boundaries with China and Russia.

India wants to realize the huge potential of bilateral relations with Mongolia, the minister said in his pre-departure message. “Leaving for Ulaanbaatar on a 3 day visit to Mongolia. Looking forward to further India’s relations with Mongolia and strengthen security cooperation. Mongolia as an important strategic partner. India wants to realise the huge potential of bilateral relations with Mongolia," Singh said in a tweet.

Singh will participate in the ground breaking ceremony of an oil refinery at Ulaanbaatar on Friday, a home ministry spokesperson said, adding that Singh will also attend a reception hosted by the Mongolian prime minister the same day.

The minister will call upon the Mongolian president on 23 June, the spokesperson said. He will also visit a Buddhist monastery and hold a meeting with his counterpart and Mongolia’s minister for justice and interior affairs on Saturday.

Singh will also visit the headquarters of Mongolia’s Border Protection Force there before returning to Delhi on 24 June.

Singh was to visit Mongolia late last year. However, the visit was postponed after he suffered a hairline fracture.

The home minister’s visit is likely to intensify bilateral relations in various key areas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in 2015 visited Mongolia, the first ever visit by an Indian prime minister. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was also in Mongolia in April this year when she discussed economic cooperation in infrastructure development, energy, services and information technology with her Mongolian counterpart. The two countries also agreed to explore the possibility of launching direct air connectivity between New Delhi and Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. Swaraj is the first Indian foreign minister to visit the resource-rich country in 42 years.

Diplomatic relations between India and Mongolia were established on 24 December 1955. India was the first country outside the then Socialist Bloc to establish diplomatic ties with Mongolia. India had supported Mongolia in getting United Nations and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) berths. The two countries also share common concern on terrorism.

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Published: 21 Jun 2018, 10:44 PM IST
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