Defense Minister Rajnath Singh met his Mongolian counterpart Saikhanbayar Gursed on Tuesday and discussed ways to give new impetus to defense cooperation between the two countries.
Defense Minister Singh is on a five-day visit to Mongolia and Japan from Monday in a bid to expand India’s strategic and defense ties with the two countries amid the evolving regional security matrix and geopolitical unrest.
Singh’s visit to Mongolia from September 5-7 is the first-ever tour to the East Asian country by an Indian defense minister.
“Productive interaction with Mongolian Defense Minister, Mr. Saikhanbayar Gursed in Ulaanbaatar today. We had extensive deliberations on how to give new impetus to defense cooperation between India and China. Mongolia,” he said in a tweet.
From Mongolia, the Minister of Defense will travel to Japan for a two-day visit from September 8 to 9. The ‘2+2’ dialogue is due to take place on September 8. The dialogue comes more than five months after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited India for the annual India-Japan Summit.
Announcing Singh’s visit to Mongolia on Sunday, the Defense Ministry said it will further consolidate defense cooperation and strategic partnership between the two countries.
He said Singh will hold bilateral talks with Mongolian Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Saikhanbayar and call President U Khurelsukh and Grand Khural (parliament) Speaker G Zandanshatar.
“Both democracies have a common interest in fostering peace and prosperity throughout the region,” the ministry said in a statement.
He said that India and Mongolia share a strategic partnership and defense is a key pillar of this partnership.
Bilateral defense engagements with Mongolia have expanded over time to include numerous contacts between the two countries, including joint task force meetings, military-to-military exchanges, and capacity building and training programs.
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