Modi seeks stronger ties with Mongolia
17 May 2015, Nirapad News: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks on Sunday with his counterpart during a visit to Mongolia, with the two nations upgrading relations as Delhi tries to strengthen its influence in China’s backyard.
Meeting Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg, Modi praised the resource-rich nation as ‘the new bright light of democracy in our world’ and said the two were ‘closely linked to the future of the Asia-Pacific region’.
Mongolia is seeking to counterbalance China’s growing influence in the landlocked nation. The leaders signed a joint statement upgrading relations to a ‘strategic partnership’, just a year after Mongolia and China reached a similar agreement.
Other agreements included a US$1 billion line of credit from India to support the expansion of Mongolia’s infrastructure, and promises to deepen cooperation on border security and defense, reports The Straits Times.