Mongolia has made a step forward in strengthening its ties with the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN) by assigning a permanent representative to the 10-member bloc.

Mongolian Ambassador Tserendorj Jambaldorj, who is newly-accredited Chief of the Permanent Representative Mission to the ASEAN, presented his credentials to ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh in Jakarta on June 21.

The Mongolian representative said his Government’s foreign policy gives priority to the Asia-Pacific region, especially ASEAN – an important organisation which plays an increasingly bigger role in the region and the world.

Ambassador Jambaldorj said the two sides can cooperate in mineral resources and agriculture, in which Mongolia has vast potentials, adding that the country also wishes to extend cooperation with ASEAN in tourism and cultural exchanges. 

Secretary General Minh affirmed that he and the ASEAN Secretariat stands ready to further promote the bilateral relations.

The host suggested the two sides develop mutually beneficial cooperation based on the potential of each side. -VNA