President Elbegdorj: We aim to further expand our relations consistently with the interests and benefits of the peoples of our two countries

President Elbegdorj addressed the Mongolian and North Korean business community gathered for a business meeting at the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang.
President said: ”Our two countries enjoy traditionally good relations the foundation to which was laid down by our senior generations. An agreement of mutual recognition between Mongolia and the DPRK was established in October 1948. Mongolia is the second country to establish diplomatic relations with the DPRK. Our two countries established our respective Embassies in Mongolia and the DPRK during the hard years of the Korean War. These events testify the enormous significance the leaders of the two countries accorded to our bilateral relations. An outstanding Mongolian statesman Jamsrangiin Sambuu, who for many years chaired the Presidium of the People’s Great Khural, served as the First Mongolian Ambassador to the DPRK. During the Korean War, when foreign Ambassadors were advised to leave the country, Ambassador Sambuu refused to follow the advice. Having said:”We are not that type of people who leave the friends behind. We will stay with comrade Kim Il Sung”, he remained in Pyongyang with Korean friends under the bombarding of fierce battles.
After the Korean War, in the years of construction and development works of colossal scales in DPRK, the Supreme Leader Kim Il Sung visited Mongolia for the first time, in 1956. Again, this is another testimony of the tremendous attention the senior generations of our leaders paid to our relations. I wish to note that since those years, our relations have withstood tests of time, have expanded and flourished. Therefore, I state that the time-tested relations between our two countries embody the honourable deeds and efforts of our senior generations.
Now this visit of the Head of State of Mongolia is my first foreign visit since I was re-elected the President of Mongolia, and it is a State Visit to the DPRK. We aim to further develop and expand our relations consistently with the interests and benefits of the peoples of our two countries. We know well of the aim of the supreme leader honourable Marshal Kim Jong-un to build a country with a powerful economy. We believe that the economic relations between our two countries will be fully consistent with this aim.
We are truly happy to enjoy the warm hospitality the people and the state of DPRK have accorded to us. Yesterday I held talks with Kim Yong-nam, the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of DPRK. At the talks, we discussed the need to intensify the political relations between the two countries and to maintain the frequency of high and highest level visits. We have placed a concerted attention and devoted a considerable amount of time at the talks to discussing economic cooperation between our two countries. I am pleased to note that Mongolia-DPRK Intergovernmental Commission successfully held its session in Pyongyang past September. The session discussed elaborately the key areas of our economic cooperation. Mr. Kim Yong-nam and I agreed that our relations need to be further invigorated and the discussed areas of cooperation need to be expanded.
Let me briefly elaborate on what these areas and directions of economic cooperation are. With the view to reinvigorate our bilateral relations, the Mongolian Government proposed to establish a joint economic entity, which the two parties accepted. Establishing a joint economic concern shall create opportunities for the companies to adopt consonant policies and undertake effective policy coordination, identify concrete areas of operation and eventually operate efficiently. Our two countries do indeed have opportunities for mutually complimentary economic cooperation.
Mongolia is a land-locked country. Mongolia is interested to boost our economic cooperation with other countries by using the DPRK’s infrastructure and sea ports. We do see ample opportunities of cooperation in railways, air and auto-transport and sea-ports. Also, the Korean side proposed establishing a live-stock husbandry complex. This is another area of productive cooperation. Mongolia is a country of rich experience in animal husbandry. Mongolia can train DPRK’s livestock husbandry students and specialists in Mongolia, and our veterinarians and specialists can come to DPRK to work on various projects. I understand that the people who will realize these cooperation opportunities into concrete businesses have gathered here today for this meeting. The people of Mongolia, our businessmen, our companies and firms do realize and see these opportunities of cooperation, and therefore, so many of them have arrived to DPRK to engage in, discuss and materialize joint businesses. I call you for active undertakings and cooperation.
We know that DPRK pays close attention to enhancing economic independence by promoting domestic production. Similarly, Mongolia prioritizes developing our country’s national industry based on our own resources. We have wide opportunities to cooperate in this area. DPRK has many technologies. One of them is a unique technology that produces textile, synthetic fibre and over 30 materials using coal and limestone. Mongolia has vast reserves of coal and limestone. Mr. Kim Il-sung paid close attention to setting up and developing synthetic fibre production in our country, during his second State Visit to Mongolia in 1988. For this purpose, 22 Mongolian students were trained in the universities in DPRK. There is a wide range of opportunities to implement this project. Mongolia is facing serious land desertification. The people of DPRK have rich experience in agriculture, farming and planting trees. This is yet another area of fruitful cooperation. There are many companies and organizations that are interested in employing DPRK personnel and workforce. As Mongolia moves forward along our path of intensive economic growth, we could face workforce shortage. Therefore, Mongolia is interested in importing highly qualified and organized workforce.
We see DPRK as Mongolia’s nearest sea outlet. It took two hours and 40 minutes to travel from Mongolia to DPRK by plane. We have extensive opportunities to cooperate in tourism sector. I know that DPRK is building a massive ski resort. And there are many beaches and resorts in DPRK. Our people would want take the opportunity to cooperate in this sector and travel to DPRK for leisure and vacation. Our two countries enjoy traditional relations in culture and sports sector and we are willing to expand this relationship. We have an opportunity to exchange talented students, undertake joint sports training and deepen relations between cultural organizations of the two countries. We would give a great importance and shall actively participate, if representatives of our countries organize a joint economic forum.
I hope that this meeting of business delegations of our two countries will be a success. As the President of Mongolia, I will pay every attention to expanding bilateral economic relations between Mongolia and DPRK, for this is the common interest of the peoples of our two countries”.