Ulaanbaatar (Mangolia), July 28 (ANI): In an endeavor to strengthen bilateral ties, India and Mongolia on Thursday signed three agreements, which includes defence cooperation, media exchanges and cooperation between their planning commissions.
Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who is presently on a four-day visit to Mongolia, also announced that India would extend a 20 million USD line of credit to set up a joint IT, education and outsourcing centre.
Describing talks with her Mongolian counterpart, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, as warm and friendly, President Patil hoped that the momentum between the two countries would continue to expand.
"A bilateral Defence Cooperation Agreement was signed. May I state, that India is willing and ready to expand collaboration in this sphere. President Elbegdorj and I discussed ways to further our cooperation, in the peaceful use of radioactive minerals and nuclear energy," said President Patil.
"(With a) Memorandum on Media Exchanges signed between the two Governments, we can now hope to see more media persons from Mongolia in India. We will also send more Indian journalists here. We also agreed to explore the possibilities of improving air connectivity between our two countries so as to enhance contacts between our peoples, including through tourism," she added.
President Patil, at the end of the media briefing, thanked Mongolia for extending support to India's long-held demand for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.
"I thanked Mongolia for its support extended to India in becoming a Permanent Member of a reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council," she said. (ANI)