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Mongolia: NATO’s New Strategic Partner Bordering Russia And China

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization
March 22, 2012

NATO and Mongolia Agree Programme of Cooperation

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This is the first Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme to be agreed under NATO’s new partnerships policy, adopted by Allied foreign ministers at Berlin in April 2011.

It also reflects the intention to further develop relations with partners across the globe – such as Mongolia – which contribute significantly to international security.

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The North Atlantic Council formally approved an Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme with Mongolia on 19 March 2012. This formalizes and further develops relations, building on existing operational cooperation Afghanistan and, earlier, in Kosovo.

Negotiations on the programme of cooperation have been ongoing since the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, James Appathurai, visited the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar for high-level talks in May 2011.

“NATO attaches great importance to our partnership with Mongolia,” Appathurai explains. “Mongolia’s contributions to Alliance efforts in Afghanistan and past operations in Kosovo are very welcome, and show Mongolia’s intent and capability to contribute to international peace and security.”

“Our long-term partnership illustrates our shared commitment to consultation and cooperation on global security challenges,” he adds.

Mongolia is keen to enhance interoperability with the forces of NATO member and partner countries, further developing its capacity to support multilateral peace-support efforts.

Cooperation will also focus on building capacity through exchange, education and training. Furthermore, opportunities for collaboration under NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme are being explored.

A VALUED PARTNER IN NATO-LED OPERATIONS

Mongolia is a valued partner in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. It has contributed troops since March 2010, when it first deployed an infantry platoon to ISAF’s Regional Command North. The Mongolian Armed Forces have made important contributions to force protection in Feyzabad and to flight-line security at Kabul International Airport. The country is also supporting the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan with infantry, artillery and air mentor trainers. Currently, 212 Mongolian military personnel are deployed under ISAF.

Mongolia has also contributed to the US-led counter-terrorism operation in Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), since 2003 and 156 Mongolian soldiers are currently serving under this operation. Since 2003, a total of 1309 soldiers (including current deployments) have served under ISAF and OEF.

In the past, Mongolia also supported the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) with a platoon embedded in the Belgian contingent from December 2005 to March 2007.

FLEXIBLE PARTNERSHIPS WITH GLOBAL PARTNERS

This is the first Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme to be agreed under NATO’s new partnerships policy, adopted by Allied foreign ministers at Berlin in April 2011.

The new policy demonstrates commitment – expressed by Allied leaders at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010 – to develop more flexible partnerships, treating all partners equally and offering them the same basis for cooperation and dialogue. It also reflects the intention to further develop relations with partners across the globe – such as Mongolia – which contribute significantly to international security.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization
September 29, 2012

Director General of NATO International Military Staff meets senior officials in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia): Lieutenant General Juergen Bornemann, Director General International Military Staff (DG IMS), concluded a three-day visit to Mongolia’s capital today at the invitation of the Mongolian Minister of Defence.

During the visit, Lt Gen Bornemann and the delegation from NATO HQ had the opportunity to meet with the Presidency and the Security Council of Mongolia, as well to visit the Mongolian Institute of Strategic Studies.

The programme included meetings with H.E. Luvsanvandan Bold, Minister of Defence, Mr Surenkhuui Baasankhuu, Vice Minister of Defence, and Lt.Gen. Tserendejid Byambajav, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Mongolia and Mr. Ulziisaikhan Enktushvin, Secretary of the National Security Council.

This visit reinforced NATO’s ongoing engagement with Mongolia. In particular, LtGen Bornemann took the opportunity to discuss NATO-Mongolian cooperation at the strategic level and Mongolia’s current and future involvement in international crisis management.

Mongolia’s contribution to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan was also discussed and Mongolia’s intention to increase its contingent was welcomed by DGIMS.

Current threats and security challenges were also covered, including cyber attacks and terrorism as well as the current global financial crisis and its effects on defence planning.

LtGen Bornemann also met with Brigadier General Boldbaatar Zagdsuren, the Director of the Defense University of Mongolia, where DGIMS was invited to a deliver a speech to the directing staff, in which he gave an overview on the current NATO agenda.

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