Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held bilateral talks with his Mongolian counterpart Lt Gen Saikhanbayar Gursed in Ulaanbaatar on Tuesday. He also called on the president of Mongolia and chairman of State Great Khural as a part of the first day engagements of his Mongolia visit.
Rajnath Singh inaugurated a Cyber Security Training Centre, built with assistance from India, and laid the foundation stone of the India-Mongolia Friendship School, to be constructed with Indian assistance, a PIB release stated.
After reaching Mongolia on Monday night, to become the first Indian defence minister to visit the country, Rajnath Singh began the visit with a ceremonial guard of honour at the Ministry of Defence in Ulaanbaatar, it mentioned.
It was followed by delegation-level talks between the defence minister and his Mongolian counterpart. They discussed effective and practical initiatives to further expand bilateral defence engagements and deliberated on regional and global issues of mutual interest, it further stated.
It mentioned that both ministers reaffirmed their commitment to fully implement the strategic partnership based on mutual trusts and understanding, common interests and shared values of democracy and the rule of law. The two ministers also reiterated their resolve to reinvigorate the India-Mongolia Joint Working Group (JWG), which will meet in India later this year, it further stated.
Rajnath Singh also called on the president of Mongolia and commander-in-chief of Armed Forces Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, wherein they recalled their friendship and previous interaction in 2018 when together they laid the foundation stone for the ongoing Oil Refinery project being undertaken by assistance from India, it further stated
He also met the chairman of State Great Khural of Mongolia G Zandanshatar, it stated.
Cyber Security Training Centre Another highlight of the day was the inauguration of Cyber Security Training Centre, built with assistance from Government of India, at National Defence University in Ulaanbaatar by the defence minister, it added.
It mentioned that he was briefed about the facilities at the Centre by the officials. He also interacted with the personnel of the Mongolian Armed Forces being trained at the Centre. Rajnath Singh, along with the minister of Education and Science of Mongolia, laid the foundation stone of the India-Mongolia Friendship School, which is being established with the assistance from Government of India, it stated.
It may be recalled that India established diplomatic relations with Mongolia in 1955. Mongolia has declared India as a strategic partner and ‘spiritual neighbour’. In 2015, ‘strategic partnership’ between the two Asian democracies was declared during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it stated. Defence is an important element of bilateral engagements with Mongolia, it added.