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India, Mongolia to explore space together

PM Narendra Modi and Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, left, unveil a statue of Lord Buddha on Friday.

PM Narendra Modi and Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, left, unveil a statue of Lord Buddha on Friday.   | Photo Credit: -

India and Mongolia on Thursday signed MoUs on space cooperation and disaster management that will provide a new dimension to the India-Mongolia strategic partnership. A press note issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said the agreements would allow India to support Mongolia in resource management and satellite communication.

A joint statement said the space cooperation would allow “peaceful exploration” of outer space and include remote sensing and weather forecasting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Battulga on Friday unveiled a statue of Lord Buddha located at the historic Gandan Tegchenling Monastery in capital Ulaanbaatar.

Both sides took stock of the project to build a Cyber Security Training Centre to be established in Mongolia with Indian support. The statement said the cyber centre is nearing completion. India and Mongolia at present carry out regular military exercises named “Nomadic Elephant” and “Khaan Quest” which is expected to be broadened following the understanding reached on Friday. India has announced it will continue to help Mongolia with capacity building and training programmes for its citizens across diverse professions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Battulga on Friday unveiled a statue of Lord Buddha located at the historic Gandan Tegchenling Monastery in capital Ulaanbaatar.

The unveiling ceremony was one of the key events of the visit of Mr. Battulga during which both sides are expected to highlight the common Buddhist heritage. On Friday, the Mongolian delegation held discussions with Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan and also with Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. Subsequently he met Mr. Kovind and signed bilateral agreements.

Mr. Battulga will leave for Bodh Gaya on Saturday and on Sunday will visit Bengaluru where he will meet Governor Vajubhai Vala.

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