Mongolia integral part of India's Act East Policy: Modi
India on Sunday announced a USD one billion credit line to Mongolia for infrastructure development as they upgraded their ties to "Strategic Partnership" and agreed to deepen defence cooperation besides exploring potential for <g data-gr-id="60">tie ups</g> in areas like the civil nuclear sector.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Mongolia, the first ever by an Indian Premier, held wide-ranging discussions with his Mongolian counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg and the two leaders pledged to take bilateral economic partnership to a new level.
"I am pleased to announce that India will provide a Line of Credit of USD one billion to support expansion of Mongolia's economic capacity and infrastructure," Modi said at a joint press interaction with Saikhanbileg at the State Palace here.
"Today, Mongolia is also an integral part of India's Act East Policy," he said. "The destinies of India and Mongolia are closely linked with the future of Asia Pacific region. We can work together to help advance peace, stability and prosperity in this region."
After their talks, the two Prime Ministers signed a joint statement committing to further consolidate bilateral ties and upgrade the comprehensive partnership to "strategic partnership" and agreed to renew their Treaty of Friendly Relations and Cooperation.
The two sides inked 13 other <g data-gr-id="58">pacts</g> that includes one on enhancing cooperation in border guarding, policing and surveillance, air services, cyber security and new and renewable energy.
Stating that it was a great honour to be the first Prime Minister of India to visit <g data-gr-id="59">Mangolia</g>, Modi said, "It is a special privilege to come on the occasion of two important milestones that unite us ? 25 years of democracy in Mongolia and 60 years of diplomatic relations between our two nations."
"I was very pleased with my discussions with Prime Minister today (on Sunday). We have <g data-gr-id="64">strong</g> convergence of views on bilateral relations and our regional and international partnership," he said.
"The agreements that we have just signed speak to the depth of the relationship. These cover economic relations, development partnership, defence and security, and people-to-people contacts," the Prime Minister added.
Modi also called on President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and discussed bilateral ties and issues of mutual interests.
India and Mongolia support the evolution of open, balanced and inclusive security architecture in the <g data-gr-id="61">Asia Pacific</g> region based on collected efforts, considering legitimate interests of all states of the region guided by respect for norms and principles of international law, the joint statement said.