External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will pay a two-day visit to Mongolia from 25 April at the invitation of her Mongolian counterpart Damdin Tsogtbaatar, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Thursday.
She will go to Mongolia from China after attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) ministerial meeting. This will be Swaraj’s first visit to Mongolia. The last visit of an Indian Foreign Minister to Mongolia was 42 years ago.
Swaraj will co-chair the sixth round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee (IMJCC) meeting with Foreign Minister Tsogtbaatar, covering a range of issues including political, strategic, economic, educational and cultural ties. The last meeting of IMJCC was held in New Delhi in 2016.
During her visit, Swaraj will also deliver the keynote address at the Kushok Bakula birth centenary celebrations in Ulaanbaatar commemorating the birth anniversary of Late Venerable Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, a highly revered Buddhist leader and monk from Ladakh and a former Ambassador of India to Mongolia.
Rinpoche, as the longest serving Indian Ambassador to Mongolia, made seminal contribution to promotion of India-Mongolia ties.