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Joint Statement on Mongolia-U.S. Strategic Partnership
Washington, DC (STL.News) The US State Department released the following statement:
The text of the following statement was issued by the Governments of the United States of America and Mongolia on the occasion of the annual bilateral consultations between the United States and Mongolia.
To further strengthen the strategic partnership between Mongolia and the United States, representatives of Mongolia and the United States held the 15th annual bilateral consultations and the first strategic dialogue on August 24, 2022 in Ulaanbaatar. During this strategic dialogue, the two nations discussed the current state of bilateral relations, regional challenges and joint achievements on a wide range of issues.
Mongolian Foreign Ministry Secretary of State Ankhbayar Nyamdorj and US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel J. Kritenbrink co-chaired the dialogue, which was also attended by representatives from the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice and Internal Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Mines and Heavy Industry, National Security Council, Bank of Mongolia, Council of United States National Security, Department of Defense, Agency for International Development, and Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Mongolia and the United States reaffirmed that international disputes should be settled by peaceful means and in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and international law, including the principles of sovereignty and respect for independence and territorial integrity of States, and without the threat or use of force. To this end, both nations have expressed concern over the suffering of the Ukrainian people.
The two nations also confirmed that countries around the world should work together to accelerate post-pandemic global economic recovery, including overcoming supply chain disruptions, and affirmed that the international community should unite in its efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Noting that 2022 marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the two countries, the governments of the United States and Mongolia reaffirmed their strong desire to build on the strategic partnership, expand relations in all areas of mutual interest and explore opportunities. for increased economic cooperation and investment through existing and new mechanisms such as the American International Development Finance Corporation. The two sides also noted with satisfaction the initiation of talks on a bilateral Open Skies agreement, an important step towards establishing regular non-stop passenger flights between the two countries, further expanding economic and people-to-people ties. The two countries also stressed the importance of improving the business climate in Mongolia, including by fully implementing the transparency agreement between Mongolia and the United States, in order to achieve higher levels of investment. in Mongolia.
The two countries discussed potential collaboration on projects to advance Mongolia’s economic development and diversification, digitalization and economic independence, with a focus on renewable energy, food, digital commerce and security. In particular, the two sides discussed joint development programs, including progress on the $462 million Millennium Challenge Corporation Water Compact, which will increase Ulaanbaatar’s water supply by more than 80%. Both parties committed to fully fund and support the project until its completion in 2026. The dialogue also highlighted the growing activities of USAID, which implements projects to strengthen democracy and good governance. governance, developing small and medium enterprises, improving clean and efficient energy management, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the two sides celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Peace Corps in Mongolia and the return of Peace Corps volunteers this fall for the first time since the pandemic began.
The two sides hailed the fruitful defense and security cooperation, especially the joint efforts to support international peacekeeping operations, and expressed their willingness to deepen this partnership. The two sides discussed their growing law enforcement cooperation and U.S. efforts to strengthen the rule of law in Mongolia, including through $5 million for law enforcement capacity building. law and justice sector, and a $5.5 million child protection pact that helps Mongolian authorities protect children from abuse. and human trafficking. In addition, the two parties agreed to explore the possibility of a joint agreement to protect Mongolia’s cultural property from illegal trafficking and entry into the United States, and to identify enforcement mechanisms. law to achieve this goal. They also discussed consular issues of common interest.
The two nations stressed their shared commitment to democratic principles and individual freedoms, as well as to strengthening the rule of law, establishing good governance, fighting corruption, safeguarding human rights rights and respect for freedom of religion and belief. The two nations further expressed their mutual intention to strengthen their collaboration in these areas.
Mongolia and the United States decided to maintain the exchange of high-level bilateral visits, with the next round of annual bilateral consultations to be held in 2023 in Washington.
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