The meeting was co-chaired by D.Gankhuyag, Mongolia’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and by Mr Beat Nobs, the Assistant State Secretary of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on Asia-Pacific affairs.
The parties shared views on a present situation of the bilateral relations and cooperation, regional and multilateral cooperation issues. Emphasizing that the bilateral relations have been successfully developing in politics, culture, arts and humanity and development, the sides discussed ways of marking the 50th anniversary of the Mongolia-Switzerland diplomatic relations to be celebrated on May 22 this year, "it might be, for example, a co-organization of cultural events, business meeting and exhibition".
Moreover, the sides considered steps to be taken to develop the trade and economic cooperation. Mongolia emphasized an importance of seeking a chance to forward the commercial and economic ties and proposed setting up a Mongolia-Switzerland economic cooperation joint commission.
The sides also affirmed that projects and programmes have been realized fruitfully in the last ten years in Mongolia to support the agricultural industry, improve veterinary service, reduce impact of small-sized mines to environment, introduce one-window services, and to combat human trafficking, within the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The Swiss developmental assistance mainly focuses on the decentralization, modernizing vocational training in localities and the training system, developing agriculture and ensuring food safety, the parties noted and exchanged views on the consular affairs.
Mongolia congratulated Switzerland on chairing the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and hoped that the Mongolia-OSCE cooperation will widen.
The parties stressed an importance of a support to each other within the UN and other international organizations.