ULAN BATOR -- Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh met with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sept 16 and the two sides discussed cooperation between the two countries.
Khurelsukh asked Wang to convey his sincere greetings to Chinese leaders.
Saying that Wang is the first foreign minister to visit Mongolia since the establishment of the new Mongolian government and the novel coronavirus outbreak, Khurelsukh noted that Mongolia attaches great importance to the visit, which reflects the traditional friendship and strategic mutual trust between the two countries.
During the epidemic, Mongolia and China are in the same boat and help each other, Khurelsukh said, expressing Mongolia's gratitude to China for its selfless assistance and epidemic prevention information.
Khurelsukh said that Mongolia and China are permanent neighbors, and developing good-neighborly and friendly cooperation with China is a foreign-policy priority for Mongolia.
Mongolia firmly adheres to the one-China policy, and it did not and will not interfere in China's internal affairs in the past and in the future, Khurelsukh said, noting that Mongolia understands and supports China's various domestic and foreign policies.
Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Mongolian People's Party (MPP) and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, Khurelsukh said, expressing his hope that the two sides will strengthen inter-party exchanges and organize activities to celebrate the anniversaries.
The prime minister said that his country is willing to deepen all-round cooperation with China and continue to inject new connotations into the two countries' comprehensive strategic partnership.
Conveying Chinese leaders' best wishes to Khurelsukh, Wang said that Mongolia successfully held elections in June, and has maintained political stability and social harmony. He expressed the belief that under the leadership of the new government, Mongolian people will be able to continue to move toward modernization.
"My visit here is to strengthen all-round cooperation between China and Mongolia in the post-epidemic era. The two sides have reached a series of important consensus," said Wang.
China highly appreciates that developing relations with China has been Mongolia's long-standing foreign policy priority, which is fully in line with Mongolia's long-term national interests, Wang said, adding that China will also continue to make strengthening the friendship with Mongolia a priority of China's neighborhood diplomacy, and this policy is unswerving.
China and Mongolia are permanent neighbors and should be friends forever, Wang said, noting that this is not only the consensus of the leaders of the two countries, but also should be the consensus of all walks of life and people in the two countries.
Noting China-Mongolia cooperation has huge potential and room for development, Wang said that the two countries must step up plans for cooperation in various fields during the post-epidemic era to promote each other's development and revitalization.
"We are willing to strengthen the exchange of experience in governance and administration with the MPP and plan for next year's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the two parties," Wang said.
He noted that the current international situation is complex and changeable, but as long as China and Mongolia firmly understand each other, trust each other, abide by consensuses, especially respect each other's national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, refrain from interfering in each other's internal affairs, and continue to enhance political mutual trust, China-Mongolia friendship will be unbreakable.