On Friday, September 9, the biennial Canada-Mongolia roundtable is meeting in Ottawa. The MNG delegation is led by D Zorigt, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy.
The roundtable had originally been scheduled for earlier this summer, but the fuel crisis prevented Min. Zorigt’s participation at that time.
A whole range of topics including bilateral aid, military relations, economic relations, environment, public service reform etc. will be discussed. A Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement is also still under discussion, see DFAIT’s website on such negotiations.
The wide range of topics to be discussed as well as the broad participation by many Canadian federal departments and agencies hints at the greater importance that Mongolia is acquiring in Canadian foreign policy (thinking). Hopefully, these meetings might be extended to include academics and other interested parties in the future as well.