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Thursday, July 28, 2011

India inks defence cooperation pact with Mongolia


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PTI / The Hindu / ULAANBAATAR, July 28, 2011.

President Pratibha Pati address members of the Indian community based in Mongolia, during a reception hosted at the India Embassy in Ulaanbaatar on July 27.
President Pratibha Pati address members of the Indian community based in Mongolia, during a reception hosted at the India Embassy in Ulaanbaatar on July 27 - PTI.


Giving a fillip to its ties with Mongolia, India on Thursday signed a defence cooperation agreement with the northeast Asian country and announced that it would extend a $20 million Line of Credit for a joint IT, education and outsourcing centre to be set up here.
India and Mongolia also inked two pacts on media exchanges and cooperation between their planning commissions in the presence of President Pratibha Patil, who is here on a three-day visit.
Ms. Patil is the first Indian President to visit Mongolia in 23 years.
After her half-an-hour restricted talks with this country’s leadership, Ms. Patil said her parleys with President Tsakhia Elbegdorj were held in a warm, friendly and cordial atmosphere.
“My visit seeks to strengthen our relationship, building upon the momentum generated by the visit of President Elbegdorj to India in September 2009, when our ties were expanded to a comprehensive partnership,” she said.
“We have signed an agreement of cooperation between the Planning Commission of India and its Mongolian counterpart.
“There is considerable expertise on plan formulation and implementation in India. We look forward to sharing our experience in this area with Mongolia,” Ms. Patil said.


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