The Ambassador of the United States to Mongolia overviews their 25 years relationship
The 25th anniversary of establishment of the diplomatic relations
between the United States and Mongolia marks this year. In the frames of the anniversary, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Mongolia, Jonathan Addleton held a "No tie" press conference at the Press and Media Institute of Mongolia yesterday on June 12, 2012.
At the press conference Ambassador Jonathan Addleton
noted, “25 years might seem a short period, but we have accomplished much in this short time and cooperation between our two countries moved one step forward. As of now, relations between the United States and Mongolia are being carried out in five directions: diplomatic relations, development aid, economy and trade, defense and peace keeping, and intercivilian relations. We have the full potential to boost our bilateral relations in various spheres”.
Further, “Mongolia received grant aids and loans with a total volume of 585 million USD from United States in a period of 25 years, where this volume was financed only by the USA Government. Besides, a total of 220 million USD was granted to Mongolia through the USAID in the past 20 years. Also, a grant aid worth of 285 million USD was delivered to Mongolia from the Millennium Challenge Cooperation in the last five years. The latest example is the 585 thousand USD funding from the US Embassy for restoration of the Amarbayasgalant Monastery
in Tuv aimag. Only four countries have received this much grant aid from the United States. These countries are Afghanistan, Armenia, Mongolia and Pakistan, where the monetary aid mainly directed in protecting and preserving cultural heritages”, said Ambassador J.Addleton.
Moreover, “The Embassy is paying much attention to the Mongolian Parliamentary Elections of 2012 and wishes for fair elections. A year prior to my office of term, many hundreds of people demonstrated opposing the 2008 Parliamentary Elections’ results followed by riots and a public disorder. Thus, all possible measures should be taken to ensure the fairness of election. The whole world is paying attention on the upcoming election as Mongolia is considered to be one of the emerging economies with rapid growth”, concluded the Ambassador.
Welcoming the 25th anniversary
of the official ties between the United States and Mongolia, the US Embassy
in Mongolia released a book on the mutual relationship and historical timeline of the bilateral diplomatic ties of the two countries. The book soon will be available in English language.