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Official visit of President Grasso to Mongolia, attending IX Parliamentary meeting Asia-Europe

Date:

04/26/2016


Official visit of President Grasso to Mongolia, attending IX Parliamentary meeting Asia-Europe

The President of the Senate of Italy, Pietro Grasso, visited Mongolia from 21th to 23th April to attend the IX Meeting of Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP9 – Ulaanbaatar, 21-22th April 2016). This marked the highest bilateral visit ever made by an Italian representative to Mongolia and offered the chance for Grasso to meet with the President of the Republic, the President of the Parliament and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and to get to know Mongolian productive realities and representatives of the Italian community.

During the first day of his visit, Grasso met the President of the Republic, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, the President of the Parliament, Zandaakhuu Enkhbold, and the Minister of the Foreign Affairs, Lundeg Purevsuren. All the official meetings were heavily covered by the press. The meeting with the President of the Republic took place in the “presidential yurta” and the main topics discussed were: human rights, the abolition of the death penalty, fight against corruption, common growth perspectives, connectivity and the international profile of Mongolia in the context of the country’s “third neighbor policy” and envisioned neutrality. Talking with President Enkhbold, Grasso stressed the present and potential common interests of the two countries, for example in the textile and leather production industries, environmental technologies, urban and infrastructure development, food safety and promotion of natural products.

President Grasso attended a plenary session of the Mongolian Parliament and visited the productive plant of “Gobi”, which is the main local brand for the production of cashmere and whose machineries are 40% Italian. He also had the chance to meet with the numerous representatives of the Italian community.

On Friday, 22th at 9 am (local time), the President of the Senate spoke at the opening of ASEP9, enhancing the ideal continuity with the last ASEP meeting (Rome, October 2014) and highlighting the importance of parliamentary debate as an instrument that guarantees transparency and the alignment of governments’ political objectives to citizens’ needs.


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