External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj 24 April 2018 arrived in Mongolia, becoming the first Indian foreign minister to visit the resouce-rich country in 42 years. First visit of an Indian external affairs minister to Mongolia in 42 years! Reconnecting with our shared Buddhist heritage, Swaraj warmly received by deputy foreign minister of Mongolia, B Battsetseg on her arrival in sunny Ulaanbaatar,” tweeted Raveesh Kumar.
Swaraj, who is on a two-day visit to Mongolia, will co-chair the 6th round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee meeting with foreign minister D Tsogtbaatar. She is scheduled to hold bilateral talks to further strengthen political, strategic, economic, educational and cultural ties in the predominantly Buddhist nation.
Bakula Rinpoche, the longest serving Indian Ambassador to Mongolia, made seminal contribution to promotion of India-Mongolia ties. Swaraj earlier visited China where she participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting and on Sunday held wide-ranging bilateral talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
India and Mongolia have close cooperation in trade and economy, science, health, agriculture, culture, education, communication and tourism. The two countries are also working closely to ensure security and curbing international crimes and terrorism. The total trade between the two countries amounted to $25.6 million in 2016.