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SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, everyone.  It’s a – please, be seated.  It’s a great pleasure, Prime Minister, to receive you here.  The United States and Mongolia are very close third neighbors.  We have a shared commitment to democracy.  We have a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific and a shared commitment to deepen and strengthen even more the partnership between our countries.

And that’s going to be evidenced very shortly by the signing of an Open Skies Agreement between us which will facilitate even more people-to-people exchanges, having more visitors, having more tourists, more students, more business leaders go back and forth – and, but as well, the economic roadmap that we’ll be signing, which will, I think, strengthen even more our trade and investment relationship, including on the clean energy transition, including on things like critical minerals.

So we couldn’t be more grateful, Prime Minister, to have you here today.  I know what a good meeting you had with Vice President Harris yesterday, and we really welcome you to the State Department.

PRIME MINISTER OYUN-ERDENE:  Thank you for welcoming me and my delegations.  We truly enjoyed to now (inaudible) coming up, so thank you for taking the time.  So I really enjoyed coming to meet the Vice President.  It was very constructive and frank discussions.  I was (inaudible).  Thank you.


MODERATOR:  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Batmunkh are now signing the Economic Cooperation Roadmap for the strategic Third Neighbor Partnership between the Government of Mongolia and the Government of the United States of America.

(The agreement was signed.)

Secretary Blinken and Transport Minister Byambatsogt are now —


MODERATOR:  Secretary Blinken and Transport Minister Byambatsogt are now signing the U.S.-Mongolia Air Transport Agreement.

(The agreement was signed.)


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