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Ethiopia and Mongolia look for expanding bilateral ties and cooperation

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Hirut Zemene received Davaasuren Damdinsuren, State Secretary of the Foreign Affairs of Mongolia on Friday (February 2). The Mongolian State Secretary thanked Ethiopia for the successful completion of the 30th AU summit and welcomed the fact that Ethiopia has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

The two parties reiterated their commitment to elevate bilateral ties and boost cooperation on various multilateral engagements, most notably through the platform of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs). They underlined the need to review the implementation of half a dozen cooperation agreements and to further reinvigorate the bilateral cooperation in diverse areas of common interest. Both countries belong to the group of LLDCs and as part of furthering cooperation in this regard, they underlined the need to work more closely together to exchange lessons in the areas of boosting trade and advancing aspects of connectivity, as well as relevant research works as applied to the #LLDCs. The Mongolian State Secretary noted that the first Inaugural Meeting of the International Think Tank for Land Locked Developing Countries (ITT-LLDCs) would be held in Ulaan Batar, Mongolia's capital, in June this year and invited Ethiopia to take part. The ITT-LLDCs project is a joint initiative of the Government of Mongolia and UNDP, aimed at providing support for strategic interventions to enhance the development prospects of all LLDCs.

State Minister Hirut commended Mongolia for this important initiative, noting that Ethiopia has now ratified the Multilateral Agreement on the establishment of the International Think Tank for LLDCs. She stressed Ethiopia was keen to participate in the upcoming inaugural meeting. The State Minister underlined that although Ethiopia is one of the LLDCs, the country has been massively engaged in the development of power, railway, air and roads connectivity, including the Ethio-Djibouti electrified and a standard gauge Railway. She also mentioned Ethiopian Airlines, flying to over 40 destinations in Africa and 100 globally, with an efficient cargo system. As an LLDCs member country, Ethiopia, she said, would look forward to exploring all venues of cooperation in the fields of promoting connectivity, trade facilitation and exchange of pertinent research works.

The two parties further took note of the fact that Ethiopia, with over 8000 personnel is now the leading contributor to UN peacekeeping missions, while also noting that Mongolia was also actively engaged in promoting collective security. They agreed to look into ways of enhancing cooperation in peacekeeping missions.