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Joint statement for India-Mongolia strategic partnership (Part 2)

18/05/2015


Joint statement for India-Mongolia strategic partnership (Part 2)

At the invitation of his excellency Chimediin Saikhanbileg, Prime Minister of Mongolia, his excellency Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, paid a state visit to Mongolia from May 16 to May 18, 2015.


(Part 1)

Joint Statement for India-Mongolia Strategic Partnership*

Health sector cooperation

(14) The two Prime Ministers noted the potential and their common desire to strengthen cooperation in the health sector and that future cooperation would serve their collective interest and contribute to the social development of the people of both countries.

The Mongolian Prime Minister thanked India for its support for the development of peaceful use of nuclear energy in Mongolia, and appreciated the gesture of providing Bhabhatron-II tele-therapy unit and a Radiotherapy Simulator, designed, developed and manufactured in India to the National Cancer Center of Mongolia.

Scientific, cultural and people to people contacts

(15) The two Prime Ministers agreed to promote continued cooperation in the scientific, educational and IT sectors by developing mechanisms for capacity building, collaborative research, technical cooperation, exchange of information and experience sharing.

(16) The two Prime Ministers acknowledged that the richness of the relationship between Mongolia and India is a result of the long-standing people to people contacts, and shared the view to further promote greater awareness and mutual understanding between the peoples of the two countries, through enhancing education and cultural cooperation, better utilization of current scholarships under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship program with a viewpoint of increasing the number of student scholarships in the future.

(17) The two Prime Ministers agreed to offer up to 5 scholarships each year to the students upon the request of the other Party for learning Mongolian and Hindi languages, Mongolian and Indian culture in their academic institutions.

(18)The two Prime Ministers noted with satisfaction the decision to set up Mongolia-India Joint School in Ulaan Baatar. They also welcomed the selection of a project management consultant for the utilization of $20 million line of credit to expand the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Centre for Excellence in Information Technology and Communication in Ulaan Baatar to include an outsourcing centre. The expanded centre will be renamed as the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Centre for Excellence in Information Technology & Communication and Outsourcing.

(19) The two Prime Ministers agreed to look into a possibility to ease travel between the two countries by exploring direct air links between Mongolia and India to facilitate greater people to people interactions as well as ways to simplify the existing visa conditions. Mongolian side conveyed its appreciation for India's decision to extend e-tourist visa (eTV) facility to its nationals.

(20) In order to highlight each other's cultural and spiritual heritage, both Prime Ministers agreed to encourage exchanges of films, electronic and print media, performing and fine arts, museums and other related areas of cultural expression and to support mutual establishing of cultural centers.

(21) The two Prime Ministers noted the shared ancient cultural, spiritual and civilizational ties and enduring goodwill between their people. The Mongolian side appreciated the gesture of India, to present a sapling of the sacred Bodhi tree. India agreed to positively consider the request of Mongolia for providing Buddha statue to the Gandan Tegchenling Monastery, as a symbol of an enduring tradition of spiritual bonding between the peoples of the two countries.

(22) To rediscover the shared cultural heritage, both Prime Ministers agreed to initiate a joint translation project of "Holy Tripitaka" into Mongolian language.

Laying down frameworks for future cooperation

The two Prime Ministers witnessed the signing of the following bilateral documents:

1. Air services agreement between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia

2. Treaty between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on the transfer of sentenced persons

3. Agreement between the government of the Republic of India government of Mongolia on cooperation in the field of animal health and dairy

4. Memorandum of understanding between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on cooperation in the field of traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy

5. Memorandum of understanding between the government of Republic of India and the government of Mongolia and on establishment of cyber security training centre in the ministry of defence of mongolia

6. Memorandum of understanding between the government of Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on establishment of India-Mongolia joint friendship school in Mongolia

7. Programme on cooperation between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia in the field of culture for the years 2015-2018

8. Memorandum of understanding for cooperation between the national security council of the Republic of India and the National Security Council of Mongolia

9.Memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the ministry of external affairs of the Republic of India and the ministry of foreign affairs of Mongolia

10. Memorandum of understanding between the ministry of new and renewable energy of the Republic of India and the ministry of energy of Mongolia

11. Memorandum of understanding between the ministry of home affairs of the Republic of India and the ministry of justice of Mongolia for enhancing co-operation in border guarding, policing and surveillance

12. Memorandum of understanding between the Tata Memorial Centre of India and the National Cancer Center of Mongolia for gifting of Bhabhatron-II tele-therapy unit along with a radiotherapy simulator

13. Memorandum of understanding between the foreign service institute of the ministry of external affairs of the Republic of India and the diplomatic academy of the ministry of foreign affairs of Mongolia

Looking forward

The two Prime Ministers agreed to take the opportunity of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2015 to organize joint cultural activities in their respective countries.

The two Prime Ministers agreed to work closely on issues discussed and agreed on during the official talks between Prime Minister Modi and Mongolian leadership through existing bilateral mechanisms and all other means of interaction to ensure concrete outcomes of bilateral cooperation in the years to come.

The State Visit of the Prime Minister of India has consolidated the longstanding, cordial and cooperative ties between Mongolia and India, and contributed greatly to further developing the newly established bilateral partnership.

* www.indiatimes.com

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