At his meeting in Ulan Bator with Foreign Minister of Mongolia Gombojav Zandanshatar, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that this year Estonia will for the first time appoint a non-residing ambassador to Mongolia, residing in Beijing. “In addition to naming an ambassador we also feel it is essential to intensify contacts between chambers of commerce in order to increase trade and communication among entrepreneurs between Estonia and Mongolia,” Paet noted. “We would also like to appoint an Estonian honorary consul in Mongolia,” he added.
Paet stated that Estonia supports Mongolia’s reform process as well as Mongolia’s efforts to become a member of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). “We hope that the decision to accept Mongolia as a member will be made during the OSCE foreign ministers’ meeting in Dublin in December,” he stated.
At their meeting, the Estonian and Mongolian foreign ministers also discussed the new project just announced by Estonia and the USA for advising emerging democracies and their leaders called LEND (Leaders Engaged in New Democracies), which aims to support modernisation and democratisation in transitioning countries. “We are prepared to share our reform experience with Mongolia as well, and we welcome Mongolian experts to visit Estonia and become acquainted with various solutions. For example, Mongolia is interested in the e-solutions utilised in Estonia,” Paet noted.
In talking about Mongolia’s relations with the European Union, Foreign Minister Zandanshatar said that the European Union is like Mongolia’s “third neighbour”. Paet said that Estonia supports closer co-operation between the European Union and Mongolia. “We support the rapid conclusion of a partnership and co-operation agreement between the European Union and Mongolia,” the Estonian foreign minister noted.
At their meeting the foreign ministers also discussed co-operation in the UN and reciprocally supporting one another’s candidatures.
Paet invited the foreign minister of Mongolia to come visit Estonia.