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Lavrov holding talks with his Mongolian counterpart in Ulan Bator

April 14, 2016, 5:26 UTC+3 ULAN BATOR

The sides will discuss current regional and global problems, key issues of bilateral cooperation in various multilateral formats

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Sergey Lavrov

Sergey Lavrov

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ULAN BATOR, April 14. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday has baun his official visit to Mongolia with a meeting with his counterpart Lundeg Purevsuren.

The sides will discuss current regional and global problems, key issues of bilateral cooperation in various multilateral formats.

Later in the day, the Russian foreign minister will also meet with Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj and Prime Minister Chimed Saikhabbileg. He is also expected to speak to representatives of political and academic circles.

The visit will be crowned by the signing of the medium-term program of the development of strategic partnership the two countries leaders agreed upon in September 2014. "The document has a comprehensive character and is geared to overcome problem issues in bilateral economic ties that have piled up in the recent years, to further expand cooperation in the political, trade-and-economic, humanitarian and international spheres," the Russian foreign ministry said.

Russia hails Mongolia’s readiness to take part in the settlement of regional problems, Russian Foreign Minister said.

"I am glad to have an opportunity to be in Ulan Bator again. I was here on a visit ten years ago and have twice visited Mongolia as a member of the Russian president’s delegation," he said. "The rich experience of our cooperation rests on close ties in the economic and humanitarian areas."

He said the agenda of the talks will include and exchange on view on bilateral projects. "We will exchange opinions on international affairs too," Lavrov noted. "We hail Mongolia’s growing interest in taking part in settling problems of the region."

The Mongolian foreign minister said Lavrov’s visit in the year of the 95th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries has major historical significance. "Your visit will give an impetus to the development of our strategic partnership. We see new possibilities for the development of relations," Purevsuren said.

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