For the 55th anniversary of the diplomatic relations, which will be commemorated in the year of 2018, the Foreign Minister of Mongolia and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom have exchanged reciprocal congratulatory letters in where they have mutually expressed their commitments to further strengthen the bilateral relations and cooperation.
In the letters, the Ministers have not only mentioned their satisfaction on the current state of the friendly ties but also expressed the enhancement opportunities and possibilities in the cooperation in many areas including the trade and economic sectors. The counterparties, moreover, have emphasized on the successful multilateral cooperation the both countries enjoy.
The head of delegation H.E Mr Tsogtgerel Batchuluun, the Vice Minister of Road and Transport Development, Mr Otgonbayar Lkhamsuren, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the International Maritime Organization, Mr Tuvshintur Saranjav, Head of Mongolian Maritime Administration, Mr Nyamdavaa Buuvei, Senior specialist of the Ministry of Road and Transportat Development have been representing the Government of Mongolia to the 30th Assembly of the International Maritime Organization is being held in London between 27 November and 7 December 2017.
The Vice Minister has presented a speech in the opening session of the Assembly and briefly introduced policies and recent achievements in the waterway transport industry of Mongolia.
The Assembly is the IMO’s highest governing body. It responsible for approving the work programme and budget; and determining financial arrangement and electing IMO Council. The Assembly consists of all IMO Member States and meets once every two years. During the Assembly, the delegates of Mongolia met H.E Mr Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the IMO and discussed further cooperation with the IMO.
Mr. Tsogtgerel Batchuluun, Vice Minister for road and transportation development meets with Mark Garnier, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for international Trade at the FCO. Two ministers have exchanged their assessments on bilateral cooperation and reiterated readiness of future collaboration in the field of infrastructure development in Mongolia. Secretary Garnier came to Mongolia last spring with working visit and set up a good basis for the cooperation between two ministries.
H.E. Mr. Bayar Sanjaa, Mongolian Ambassador met with Mr. Patrick Moody, the newly appointed Head of the Asia Pacific Department of FCO.
While congratulating on his new appointment and extending best wishes for his endeavour, Ambassador S.Bayar has expressed his confidence that Mr. P.Moody, as his predecessors, will commit his efforts to further strengthen the friendly ties between the two countries. During the meeting, the parties have exchanged their views on different issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Mr. Moody has expressed his gratitude for rendering opportunity to meet and noted that the bilateral relation has withnessed an impetus on education and economic sectors in recent years and reiterated that the Britain is keen on further enhancement in those sectors.
The President of Mongolia has awarded the Order of the “ Nairamdal” ( Friendship), the national honour for foreign nationals to Mr. Bill Munn, Chief Executive of the Cambridge Mongolian Development Appeal ( CAMDA ) for his great effort and dedication in supporting agricultural sector of Mongolia and especially, low income nomadic families whose livelihood depend on herd animals. Since its foundation in 2000, CAMDA has raised more than £500000 to aid herding families with their basic needs after a winter disaster, and equip them with hands-on skills.
Mr. Odonjil Banzragch, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy presented the award in the presence of Prof. David Sneath, Director of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit ( MIASU ) and Chair of CAMDA, staff members of MIASU and Mr. Tserenbat , Lead person of the Mongolian Association in the UK and Board member of CAMDA during the ceremony that held at the University of Cambridge on September 7th, 2017.
The Rugby team of Hertford College of Oxford has visited Mongolia 20 July-1 August 2017 for the second tour and had friendly matches which was co-organized by the Mongolian Rugby Association. During the tour, the Hertfordians played two matches against the ‘Ulaanbaatar Warriors’.
Off the pitch, the Hertfordians also have visited gers of nomads in country side and visited an orphanage and attended a buffet reception hosted by the British Embassy alongside representatives of Mongolian Rugby Association. During the reception, Chairman John Collis of Hertford Rugby Club has publicly expressed the gratitude to His Excellency Mr Bayar, Mongolian Ambassador to UK, for his help in organising and facilitating the tour and the goodwill between UK and Mongolia.
In his speech, the president-elect Kh.Battulga vowed to treasure Mongolia’s independency, freedom and national unity, honor the constitution, fulfill the duty of the President and received the blessing from the national flag of Mongolia. Thus, the President Kh.Battulga officially received the State Seal from the outgoing President Ts.Elbegdorj.
“Assuring the faith of Mongolian people, I have pledged my oath as the President of Mongolia. This is the highest hope and responsibility entrusted to me from the people and voters. Inheriting the noble chain of our ancestor’s tradition, I accept the call to strive for integrity for my people” addressed President Kh.Battulga.
“I express my gratitude for Mongolian people for having faith and trust in me. Also, I wish the other candidates of Presidential election and outgoing incumbent President Ts.Elbegdorj success in their further actions dedicated for the prosperity of Mongolia” said the President Kh.Battulga.
The Honoured artist of Mongolia Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar and Batjargal Batsaikhan, the soloist of the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet have participated in the final of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 organised in Cardiff, Wales during 11-16 June 2017, biannual classical singers competition.
400 entrants from USA, UK, Australia, Russia and South Korea have participated in the competition and only 20 young singers were selected for the final competition. Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar whose repertoire included songs of Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Fauré and Mongolian composer B.Sharav has selected as a co-winner of the Romance Song Prize.
Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar has reaches the Final Five and received audience’s sympathy.
In 2015, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015, the Mongolian soloist of the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet Amartuvshin has won the Audience Prize.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Ts. Munkh-Orgil sent a letter of condolences to the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Mr. Boris Johnson. His Excellency Mr. Munkh-Orgil said that he is deeply saddened by the news of terrorist attack in Manchester which took away the precious lives of innocent people and affected many others. The Government of Mongolia condemns the terrorist attack and expresses deep sorrow and sympathy to the families of the victims and the people of the United Kingdom.
The Mongolia-UK Round Table meeting was held on April 26, 2017 in Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolian delegation was headed by D.Davaasuren, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and the British delegation was led by Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The two sides exchanged views on the current situation and the actions to take towards enhancing cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, investment, defense, education, environment, multilateral cooperation as well as regional issues of mutual interest during the Round Table meeting, an important mechanism of consultation between the two countries.
Furthermore, Permanent Under Secretary Sir McDonald gave a lecture on diplomacy titled “Masterclass in Diplomacy” to junior diplomats, scholars and students in the field of International relations.