ULAN BATOR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told his Mongolian counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg that “India is privileged to be considered as Mongolia’s spiritual neighbour.” Mr Modi, who flew in to the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator last evening after wrapping up his China visit, is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country.
“Today Mongolia is an integral part of India’s Act East policy,” PM Modi said after holding delegation-level talks with the Mongolian PM and also announced a line of credit of one billion dollars to support expansion of Mongolia’s economic capacity and infrastructure.
The two countries signed 24 agreements in diverse fields to bolster bilateral ties, including economic and trade cooperation.Earlier in the day, PM Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the State Palace. Accompanied by the Mongolian leader, PM Modi took the salute by the red and blue liveried armed forces.
The State Palace or Government House, built in the 1950s, is where the Mongolian president, parliament speaker and prime minister work from.It also houses the parliament hall. The State Palace also houses a statue of Genghis Khan.
A rare honour is being bestowed on PM Modi as the Mongolian Parliament will, for the first time, allow a foreign leader to address the members on Sunday, a holiday. The Prime Minister’s two-day visit is taking place in the backdrop of celebrations of the 25th year of democracy and 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Mongolia.
After his address, PM Modi will meet President Elbegdorj, who will also host a banquet in his honour.
The visit will also see the laying of foundation stone for the Information Technology Centre.