Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 15, 2013

On Friday, November 15, 2013, the United States and Mongolia met for bilateral consultations at the State Department in Washington, DC. These talks are an important opportunity to review the bilateral relationship between the United States and Mongolia and our shared interests and goals both in the region and globally.

Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel R. Russel and Mongolian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs D. Gankhuyag co-chaired the meeting, which was attended by representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Security Staff, and numerous bureaus of the U.S. Department of State.

During this year’s talks, the major topics discussed were: development of trade and commercial relations, including discussions relating to the recently signed Transparency Agreement and future Trade and Investment Framework Agreement talks; the U.S.-Mongolia military-to-military relationship; Mongolia’s experience as head of the Community of Democracies; and opportunities to enhance cooperation between the United States and Mongolia in multilateral fora.

PRN: 2013/1428