On 19-20 October President Ts. Elbegdorj paid an official visit to Croatia. After the welcoming ceremony Presidents of Mongolia and Croationa had a tet-a-tet meeting.
Mongolia’s President Tsakhia Elbegdorj, with Ivo Josipovic, President of the Republic of Croatia
During the meeting President Ts. Elbegdorj said, “My first visit to Your country is coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Croatia’s independence and the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. I am glad to share views with my Croatian counterpart aboutmutual cooperation at a time whenthese important anniversaries are happening”. He expressed Mongolia’s interest to expand friendly relationswith Croatia in all spheres.President Ts. Elbegdorj congratulated Croatia on its development achievements gained in a short time, earning a good reputation at the international arena, and approaching membership of the European Union (EU).
In response, Mr. Josipovicthanked Ts.Elbegdorj for paying the visit to Croatia, and emphasized that it will be an historical event that opens a new chapter in bilateral relations. “Mongolia has gained success in a short period. I admire the goodexample of the ‘young’ Mongolian democracy in the region,” President Josipovic said.The dignitaries discussed issues of combating corruption and just court organizations, underlining that they are the basis of sustainable development. Following the individual meeting, the presidents held an expanded talk. The two dignitaries expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral friendly relations and cooperation.Ts.Elbegdorj pointed out that a visit of Croatian President Stjepan Mesic paid to Mongolia in2008, started high-level talks. He congratulated Croatia on approachingEU membership and added that thiscircumstance will give Mongolia a new opportunity to expand ties with the EU.
He said Mongolia wants to introduce EU standards and requestedthe Croatian side to support in studying its related experience. Thecountries can cooperate in sectors of mineral recourses, infrastructure,small and medium-sized productions and tourism, he added. He said, “In a line with Mongolia’s Chairmanship ofthe Community of Democracies (CD), we can also effectively cooperate in strengthening the democracy”.Mr. Josipovic supported the opinions and proposals of his Mongolian counterpart and underlinedthe importance of cooperation in the education sphere. He expressed readiness to train Mongolian students in Croatian universities and institutes who will major in agriculture, engineering and technological sectors.
Croatia pledged to help Mongolia introduce European standards, work with NATO, and increase student scholarships
The two presidents shared views on developing cooperation in sports such as in training and exchanging athletes and coaches and providing Mongolian Olympic athletes with atraining environment in Croatia. In addition, they underlined that they support cultural events between the two countries.