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Korea-Mongolia ties elevated to strategic partnership

President Moon Jae-in attends a virtual summit with his Mongolian counterpart, Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh (on screen), at Cheong Wa Dae on Friday. (Yonhap)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Mongolian President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh held a virtual summit Friday and agreed to elevate bilateral ties between the two countries to a strategic partnership, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

It was the first summit between the two leaders since the Mongolian president assumed the presidency in a landslide election win in June.

Mongolia is a major partner for South Korea’s New Northern Policy, which is intended to bolster strategic ties with Central Asian countries. It is also part of a South Korea-led disease control and public health initiative for Northeast Asia launched early this year.

The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1990.

During their hourlong talks, the two leaders pledged to further bolster the long-standing ties and to…

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