External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj will visit Mongolia from 25-26 April 2018 at the invitation of Damdin Tsogtbaatar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the host country. This will be EAM’s first visit to the country. The last visit of Indian External Affairs Minister to this nation was 42 years ago.
During her visit, EAM will co-chair the 6th round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee (IMJCC) meeting with Foreign Minister Tsogtbaatar, covering a range of issues including, inter alia, political, strategic, economic, educational and cultural ties. The last meeting of IMJCC was held in New Delhi in 2016. A press note from the government of India said that during her visit, EAM 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, India and a former Ambassador of India to the host nation. Bakula Rinpoche, as the longest-serving Indian Ambassador to this country, made seminal contribution to the promotion of India-Mongolia ties.