Vice FM receives newly accredited ambassadors

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On November 14, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs B.Battsetseg welcomed at her office the newly accredited Ambassadors of Tajikistan, Algeria, Estomnia, Greece, Sri Lanka, Malta, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.

At the meeting with the non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr Nazirmad Alizoda, the Vice FM extended thanks for Tajikistan’s support of Mongolia’s initiative on establishing the International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries.

Mr Alizode suggested the resume of meetings of the Intergovernmental commissions, in order to boost economic ties, and alleviating the visa requirements for ordinary citizens, especially, for businesspeople.

After this, Ms B.Battsetseg met with the Ambassador of the People’s Democratice Republic of Algeria in connection with his pending presentation of credentials. The Vice FM congratulated the Ambassador for being appointed to Mongolia, and noted there are abundance of opportunities for Mongolia and Algeria to cooperate in the spheres of mining, petroleum production, agriculture and combat against desertification. She also emphasized the importance of activating business contacts between the businesses of the two countries.

The Algerian Ambassador pledged his efforts for strengthening bilateral ties, and proposed to renew the cultural cooperation and trade agreements and to launch consultative meetings between the Ministries of foreign affairs.

During her meeting with the Estonian Ambassador, Mr Marten Kokk, Ms Battsetseg applauded Estonia’s achievements in e-governance and put forward a request for cooperation in this sphere.

The Vice Minister, Mr B.Battsetseg and the Ambassador of Greece, Mr Leonidas Rokanas talked about the current political and economic situations in both countries and boosting cooperation in trade and tourism.

The Vice FM and the Ambassador of Sri Lanka also discussed about boosting business cooperation, as well as the cultural and educational ties.

Ms Battsetseg expressed willingness to cooperate with Malta in production of poststamps and commercial papers.

At the meeting with the Brazilian Ambassador, Mr Marcos Caramuru de Paiva, she noted the bilateral relations have been prospering in the agricultural and mining sectors, extended gratitude for training our future diplomats in the Academy of Diplomacy. The sides agreed to hold the consultative meeting between the foreign ministries in approximate future. The two countries will mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2017.

The non-resident Ambassador of Saudi Arabia confirmed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia is invited to visit his country. Ms Battsetseg proposed to study feasibilities to increase investment from Saudi Arabia to Mongolia’s agriculture, mining and other sectors.

The dignitaries also touched upon training of professional cadres for the petroleum and gas industries.

EVENT TAKES PLACE TO ABOLISH MALPRACTICE OF USING “MONGOLOID” TERM

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ In frames of the ongoing sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN Headquarters in New York, the Permanent Representative Office of Mongolia organized on Monday an event called “Abolishing malpractice of using the ‘mongoloid’ term defining people with Down syndrome: Meaning of the word ‘Mongol’”.

This event has become the very first measure abroad aimed to run discussions on abolishing the malpractice of this term among the UN members, related units, specialized organs, researchers and NGOs.

The event, chaired by Mr S.Sukhbold, the Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the UN, has attracted Uuganaa Ramsay, author of a book about the malpractice of the term “mongoloid”; Dr Nata Menabde, executive director of the New York City branch of the World Health Organization (WHO); and Mr Andrw Boys, the Director of “Down Syndrome International” organization.

The attendees were impressed by a report by Ramsay whose child aged only for three months due to Down syndrome in Scotland, about how the malpractice usage of word “mongoloid” affects the reputation of people, their psychology, their community and society, in general.

“It is totally unfair to call the people with Down syndrome as mongoloid. This is not a scientific term,” said Dr Nata Menabde and expressed a readiness to collaborate in correcting the malpractice usage of the term.

“Upgrading the public knowledge and information about Down syndrome, helping the people with the syndrome go into social life and seeing them as normal people instead of sickness are right ways to eliminate the wrong usage of the term,” emphasized Mr Andrew Boys.

The event was co-sponsored by Permanent Missions of Australia, Brazil, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, ROK, Luxembourg, Mongolia, New Zealand, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, the United Kingdom, UNDESA, UNICEF, International Disability Alliance, Inclusion International and Down Syndrome International.

The world Down syndrome day, first established by Down Syndrome International in 2006, was proclaimed in 2011 by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 66/149 to be observed annually.

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G.ARIUNBAATAR PERFORMING TOSCA AND CARMEN IN ST PETERSBURG

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ State Honored Artist G.Ariunbaatar will sing playing the role of Scarpia in “Tosca” opera by G.Puccini on March 20 at Mariinsky Theatre of St Petersburg, Russia.

Maestro Valerii Gergiyev is conducting the symphonic orchestra.

G.Ariunbaatar has posted pictures of his rehearsal at Mariinsky on his website, saying “Next opera rehearsal is going great! Concertmaster from the Metropolitan Theatre of New York, the USA, Mr Craig Rutenberg arrived here to help me perform Scarpia of Tosca. This man had trained the world superstars such as Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anna Netrebko, Olga Borodina, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Jonas Kaufmann and Rolando Villazón”.

G.Ariunbaatar, the Grand Prix winner of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition, also sang as Escamillo of Carmen Opera on March 13.