Speaker talks visa terms and economic partnership during visit to Japan


On Tuesday the head of the Japan-Mongolia friendship group at the House of Councillors, Satsuki Eda, called on Speaker of Mongolian Parliament Z.Enkhbold, who is paying an official visit to Japan.
Mentioning that the House of Councillors is making vital contributions to improving Mongolia-Japan cooperation in all sectors, Speaker Z.Enkhbold expressed his hope that Japan-Mongolia friendship group members in the House of Councillors will show their support for the approval of the recently signed economic partnership agreement in Japanese Parliament.
In his return, Satsuki Eda highlighted that the official visit of Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg to Japan from February 9 to 11, and the visit by the Speaker proves that relations between the parliaments of Japan and Mongolia are being taken to a higher level. He stressed that the House of Representatives and House of Councillors of Japan will make contributions to developing Mongolia-Japan relations.
On the same day, Z.Enkhbold met Masaaki Yamazaki, Head of the Parliament Councillors Chamber of Japan.
Yamazaki emphasized that the parliamentary groups of both countries have played a crucial role in strengthening the ties between the two countries, and expressed his gratitude for Mongolia for expansion of its third neighbor policy. He voiced his hopes for the further development of relations between Mongolia and Japan.
Speaker Z.Enkhbold expressed his hopes for strengthening economic partnership, investment and trading activities between the two countries. He expressed interest in support for value added products manufacturing with advanced technological and technical assistance from Japan in the industrial and mining sectors.

Z.Enkhbold also mentioned that Mongolia will work on ensuring Japanese involvement in major projects in Mongolia, and expressed the nation’s interest in cooperating in agriculture and organic farming.
MPs N.Battsereg, Su.Batbold, D.Gankhuyag, and J.Batzandan, Ambassador to Japan S.Khurelbaatar, Advisor to Speaker A.Gansukh, and other officials were in attendance of the meeting with Yamazaki.
Z.Enkhbold also met with Nobutaka Machimura, the Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house of parliament) of Japan.
Beginning the visit, Nobutaka Machimura said he was glad to meet with the Speaker on the 43rd anniversary of diplomatic relations, and underlined that the signing of the economic partnership agreement was an important forward for friendly bilateral relations.
Z.Enkhbold thanked the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the audience and noted that developing relations and cooperation with Japan is one of the priorities of Mongolia’s foreign policy. He also emphasized that the Parliament of Mongolia attaches great importance to its ties and cooperation with Japan, one of Mongolia’s “third neighbors”.
Mentioning Mongolia’s interest in deepening ties in the politics, economic, trade and investment spheres, in accordance with principles for strategic partnership, Speaker Z.Enkhbold expressed his hope that Japan will support Mongolia in exploiting the latest Japanese progressive and environmentally-friendly technologies in industry, infrastructure, mineral exploration and extraction. Noting that people-to-people ties play a main role in relations, Z.Enkhbold hoped that the Japanese side would take specific measures for facilitating easier terms for Mongolians visiting Japan, and for exempting Mongolians from visa requirements.
He said he was happy with undertaking the first steps for this issue during the talks between the two countries’ PMs and a meeting between the Mongolian PM and members of the Japan-Mongolia group in the lower house. The Speaker said Mongolia wants to receive support from Japan in preparing professional cadres and in increasing the number of Mongolian students studying in Japanese universities on Japanese governmental scholarships.
Mongolia and Japan have developed ties in the international arena and they support each other, Z.Enkhbold noted, emphasizing that Mongolia always appreciates Japan’s contribution to the United Nations and that it will back Japan in seeking a permanent membership in the U.N. Security Council.
According to the itinerary, Mongolian parliamentary delegates are to pay a visit to the Emperor and Empress of Japan today.

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