Mongolia, U.S. vow to enhance defence cooperation

Prime Minister S.Batbold and a visiting senior U.S. defense official last week reaffirmed their policy to enhance cooperation in security and defense sectors. Mongolia is working with the USA in strengthening international as well regional security and will extend their cooperation to help strengthen and maintain security in Asia and Pacific Rim area, Mr. Batbold said while meeting with Mr. Wallace Gregson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs.
In his reply, Mr. Gregson said the USA highly values U.S.-Mongolia relations, especially cooperation between their defense sectors. He added that Mongolian peacekeeping troops play an important role in international peacekeeping operations.
Mr. Batbold also mentioned the "Khaan Quest" peacekeeping military drill held in Mongolia every year since 2004, saying it plays an important role in improving the skills of Mongolian peacekeepers and strengthening mutual trust and understanding between the armed forces of the participating countries. More than 200 military personnel from Mongolia and 125 others from Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the USA participating in this year’s drill that ended on August 21.
Source: Xinhua
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