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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and
Mongolian Prime Minister Tsahiagiyn Elbegdori
Joint Statement on U.S.-Mongolian Relations
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 2, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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Secretary of State Albright paid an official visit to Mongolia on May 2, 1998, to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to closer cooperation in many spheres with Mongolia, and to highlight continuing U.S. support for Mongolia's flourishing democracy.

During her visit, Secretary Albright called on Natsagiin Bagabandi, President of Mongolia, and met with Radnaasumbereliin Gonchigdorj, Chairman of the State Ikh Hural of Mongolia and members of the State Ikh Hural.

Secretary Albright had talks with Tsahiagiyn Elbegdorj, Prime Minister of Mongolia. The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the support and friendship of the United States during this challenging time for Mongolia. Secretary Albright confirmed the U.S. will continue to provide assistance to Mongolia to support its ongoing economic and political reforms, and to support rural development.

Noting the positive contribution that a secure, independent, democratic and prosperous Mongolia can make to the stability and economic prosperity of the region as a whole, both sides agreed on the importance of expanding our political, economic, scientific, and cultural relations, and will explore cooperation in environmental protection.

Secretary Albright noted the historic changes that have taken place in Mongolia since 1990. The U.S. welcomes the efforts undertaken by the Mongolian government in the past several years to build a strong democracy and supports Mongolia's increased participation in major international organizations. Secretary Albright expressed the appreciation of the United States for Mongolia's strong support for internationally recognized human rights, including key UN covenants. Both sides reaffirmed the desire to work together to advance important social and human rights objectives, including elimination of violence against women, children, and the elderly, and improvement of the economic and legal status of women in society.

Both parties advocate the creation of a favorable environment for promotion of foreign investment and bilateral trade, and agreed that they want their future commercial relationship to develop. Toward that end, the U.S. welcomes the success the Mongolian government has achieved so far in its economic reform efforts and its progress towards sustainable economic growth. U.S. firms are becoming increasingly involved in the oil, mining, heavy equipment, cashmere and tourism sectors of the Mongolian economy and are discussing possible participation in the gas pipeline that will run through Mongolia from the Russian Federation to the People's Republic of China.

The U.S. side reaffirmed its commitment to closer bilateral and multilateral relations with Mongolia and Secretary Albright expressed satisfaction that Mongolia continues to improve and expand relations with its two neighbors, the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, and with other countries in the region.

Both sides noted their satisfaction with their bilateral defense cooperation, including non-combat training, communications, civil-military relations, and disaster preparedness, between the U.S. military and the Mongolian Armed Forces.

Both sides also noted the success of the Peace Corps program in Mongolia and looked forward to its expansion into areas of public health and the environment.

Secretary Albright noted Mongolia's interest in participating actively in the multilateral cooperation processes in the Asia Pacific region, and reaffirmed U.S. support for Mongolian membership in the ASEAN Regional Forum, and recognition of Mongolia's status as a nuclear- weapons-free state.

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