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Joint Statement by Foreign Affairs Ministers of Mongolia and Canada From: Global Affairs Canada Statement November 20, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, and, Her Excellency Battsetseg Batmunkh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, today issued the following joint statement: “Today, Canada and Mongolia reaffirm their strong bilateral relations, as Minister Battsetseg pays an official visit to Canada at the invitation of Minister Joly. This is the first visit by a Mongolian Foreign Minister to Canada in 25 years. “Canada and Mongolia reaffirm the strong commitment and values of the bilateral ties as our two countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Over the last half a century, Mongolia and Canada relations have grown to Expanded Partnership based on the shared commitment to promoting and protecting democracy, the rule of law, and human rights. “Minister Battsetseg reaffirms that Canada stands as one of the key “third neighbours” and an important partner in North America. Minister Joly emphasizes that Mongolia is a like-minded, important democratic partner of Canada in the Indo-Pacific region. “The two Ministers commend the progress achieved in the implementation of the “Mongolia-Canada Roadmap for Comprehensive Partnership” and agree to upgrade the bilateral relations to Comprehensive Partnership for the common prosperity of Mongolia and Canada as well as peace and stability in the region. “Both sides express great satisfaction with the depth of bilateral dialogues and agree to further explore the potentials of extending the dialogues through multilateral engagements with partners in the region. “The Ministers underline the significance of the bilateral development cooperation for the sustainable and inclusive development of Mongolia and welcome the continuation of the development cooperation program in fostering climate-resilient agriculture and sustainable resource management; public service capacity and inclusive governance; and gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. “To further expand the bilateral commercial relationship, both Ministers recognize the importance of diversifying the trade and investment relationship beyond the extractive sector into new areas, such as green building and infrastructure, energy efficiency, climate-smart agriculture, and clean energy. “Mongolia emphasizes the collective challenges of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), particularly in infrastructure connectivity, transport and logistics, and seeks Canada’s support for the complex challenges facing LLDCs. “The Ministers express their commitment to advance together the shared values and priorities in multilateral and regional fora, including the UN, OSCE, and the ASEAN Regional Forum. Canada and Mongolia seek to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda by promoting the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women in peace and security, including in peacekeeping operations. “Minister Joly commends Mongolia for the “Ulaanbaatar Declaration” and welcomes Mongolia’s initiative to convene “World Women’s Forum” in 2024. “Mongolia is thankful for the consistent engagement of Canada in the “Ulaanbaatar Dialogue” on Northeast Asian Security. The two Ministers underline the shared commitment to a nuclear-free, stable, and peaceful Korean Peninsula. The Foreign Ministers expressed satisfaction with ongoing joint defence training cooperation, including “Khaan Quest,” a regularly scheduled multinational peacekeeping operations exercise hosted by Mongolia. "The Ministers underscore the significance of promoting people-to-people ties and note the importance of promoting cultural exchanges for better mutual knowledge and understanding. Emphasizing the importance of education to each country and underlining the increased cooperation between the educational institutions, Canada and Mongolia remain committed to raising awareness among their respective learning institutions of opportunities to pursue studies, exchanges, and work abroad in both countries and to help facilitate the pursuit of new collaborations.” J

Minister Joly to welcome Mongolian counterpart to Ottawa

From: Global Affairs Canada

News release

November 19, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will welcome Battsetseg Batmunkh, Mongolia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, to Ottawa on November 20, 2023.

This visit will mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Mongolia, as both countries remain eager to continue this long-lasting friendship and advance common priorities.

The ministers will explore opportunities to further strengthen bilateral relations between our two countries including on climate change and on the energy transition, and will discuss shared regional and global security challenges, notably peace and stability in Northeast Asia and challenges to the rules-based international order.

Quotes

“Canada and Mongolia have enjoyed strong bilateral relations for decades, and I am looking forward to welcoming Minister Battsetseg to Ottawa. Her visit in our nation’s capital will allow us to further identify opportunities for our two countries to cooperate and strengthen links through shared democratic values.”

– Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Canada recognized Mongolia in 1964 and diplomatic relations were established in 1973. Mongolia opened its embassy to Canada in 2001, and the Embassy of Canada to Mongolia was opened in Ulaanbaatar in September 2008.
  • In 2016, Canada and Mongolia signed the Canada-Mongolia Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), which will provide a more transparent and predictable regulatory environment for Canadian investors in Mongolia.
  • Mongolia is committed to playing an active role on the international stage, through its membership of in a number of international organizations, such as the World Trade Organization, the ASEAN Regional Forum, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
  

 

 

 

Canada and Mongolia: mining more than minerals

 

Amar Adiya

 

Sep 24

 

As Canada and Mongolia mark 50 years of diplomatic relations, eyes turn
to broadening economic links beyond the mining sector. Mongolia is eager to
diversify trade with “third neighbors” like Canada beyond natural resources.

Canada boasts as the second largest investor in Mongolia, including the
giant Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine by Rio Tinto. Yet the relationship is ripe
for diversification.


Honorary Consul of Mongolia Bryon Wilfert sees untapped potential in
sectors like agriculture, renewable energy and education.

 

Mongolian Ambassador to Canada Erdenetsotgyn Sarantogos, Honorary Consul Bryon Wilfert

 

and Minister Counsellor Vashagiin Oyu in Ottawa (Linkedin.com)

 

From his post in Toronto, Wilfert is working to spotlight opportunities
outside minerals.

 

Clean energy is one area with potential, as both countries navigate
massive geography with extreme climates. Canadian renewable know-how could aid
Mongolia’s transition away from polluting coal.

Agriculture and food exports also offer prospects, Wilfert notes. As do
construction, emergency management and services given the countries’ shared
landscapes. But realizing this requires effort to spur business exchanges,
trade missions and networking.


Essential too are direct air links, says Wilfert, with talks dragging on
a Canada-Mongolia route. New flights can test if his thesis pays off. Unfounded
doubts echo critics of Vancouver’s Asian gateway role, proved wrong by
customers flying from Seattle.

Yet economic ties are only half the picture. More vital still are
people-to-people links. Most Canadians associate Mongolia with Genghis Khan
(Chinggis Khaan) and cashmere, oblivious to today’s country. Education and
scholarships are needed to move beyond the stereotypes.

To that end, Wilfert is planting a tree this October to celebrate 50
years of bilateral ties. With student exchanges in the works, he also wants to
showcase Canadian governance. As a former parliamentarian, Wilfert sees
openings to develop Mongolia’s legislative capacity.

But interest must flow both ways. Wilfert is working to promote Mongolian
culture in Canada as well. His efforts include having local Mongolian
communities in Ontario engage more with Canadian society.

As Canada pivots its focus to the Indo-Pacific, it should see Mongolia as
more than a mine of commodities. The bilateral friendship forged 50 years ago
is ripening into one with two-way trade, investment, technology and knowledge
transfers. But realizing that potential requires channeling energy into the
human connections underlying all diplomacy.”