India on Sunday announced a credit line of USD 1 billion to Mongolia to expand its economic capacity and infrastructure, as they decided to upgrade their relationship from comprehensive to ‘strategic partnership’.
Narendra Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Mongolia, held wide-ranging talks with his counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg in Ulan Bator, following which the two sides inked 14 agreements covering defence, cyber security, agriculture, renewable energy and health sector.
“I am pleased to announce that India will provide a line of credit of USD one billion to support expansion of Mongolia’s economic capacity and infrastructure,” Mr. Modi said at a joint press interaction with Mr. Saikhanbileg at the State Palace.
Asserting that Mongolia is an integral part of India’s Act East Policy, he said the destinies of the two countries are closely linked with the future of Asia-Pacific region.
“We can work together to help advance peace, stability and prosperity in this region,” the Prime Minister said.
“In a reflection of our commitment to further deepen our relationship, we have decided to upgrade our comprehensive partnership to ‘strategic partnership’,” he said.
“It is a special privilege to come on the occasion of two important milestones that unite us — 25 years of democracy in Mongolia and 60 years of diplomatic relations between our two nations.”
Commenting on his counterpart Mr. Saikhanbileg’s remarks that India is the “spiritual neighbour and third neighbour” of Mongolia, Mr. Modi said, “We will always fulfil the responsibility that comes with this honour.”