Mongolia and DPRK agree on furthering bilateral ties

ZGM DAILY

2018-02-09 17:01 GMT+8

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tsogtbaatar Damdin paid an official visit to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the invitation of his counterpart Ri Yong-ho on February 3-5. Within the frame, Mr Tsogtbaatar Damdin paid a courtesy call on Kim Yong-nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, held a meeting with Ri Su Yong, Chairman of the Diplomatic Commission of the Supreme People's Assembly. During the meeting with Ri Yongho, sides signified the traditional friendly relations and successful development of cooperation, and agreed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations in the two countries.

Kim Yong-nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, recalled his privilege of visiting Mongolia twice in the past while accompanying Kim Il-sung, former Premier of North Korea, and highlighted that the bilateral relations reached today’s level and successfully overcame challenges thanks to the sincere desire of the people and friendship of the two countries in the past 70 years. Furthermore, Foreign Ministers shared willingness of furthering the bilateral relations. Within the frames of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations, sides agreed on organizing scientific conference, photo exhibitions, art and cultural events, as well as expressing commitment to Mongolia-DPRK studies and prepare scholars, as well as teaching Mongolian and Korean languages.

Aside from the bilateral relations, sides discussed to cooperate in the international and regional levels and DPRK expressed support on Ulaanbaatar Dialogue Initiative on Northeast Asian Security of Mongolia. Minister Tsogtbaatar Damdin signified the recommencement of talks between the two countries and congratulated DPRK’s decision to participate in the Pyeongchang winter olympic games. He further hoped that the dialogue will give an important impetus to stabilize the region. In addition, the officials of National Emergency Management Agency of Mongolia and State Committee of Emergency Disaster Management of DPRK signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

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