Joint Statement Lu Bold & J Baird

Foreign Ministers Lu Bold and John Baird issued a joint statement following their discussions in Ulaanbaatar. The statement included no surprises nor any concrete news that I can discern, but no translation is available yet.

The topics covered in the statement include:

  • reaffirm partnership
  • democracy, human rights, rule of law
  • Mongolia’s designation as a “country of focus” for Canadian development assistance
  • urban/rural development, judicial reform & police cooperation
  • FIPA
  • cooperation in international organizations
  • people-to-people relations
  • importance of collaboration in education
  • 40 years of diplomatic relations

[July 24: The English versions of the statement were published on the MFA and DFATD websites later July 23 and early July 24, respectively. The bullet points above do summarize the statement which offered nothing new and little of substance.]


About Julian Dierkes

Julian Dierkes is a sociologist by training (PhD Princeton Univ) and a Mongolist by choice and passion since around 2005. He teaches in the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He toots and tweets @jdierkes
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