BEIJING, October 16 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages on Wednesday with his Mongolian counterpart, Khaltmaa Battulga, on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties.
In his message, Xi said China and Mongolia are friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers, and Mongolia was among the first to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.
In the 70 years since the establishment of ties, the two countries have firmly held the general direction of friendly cooperation and jointly deepened the development of good-neighborly and friendly cooperation, bringing tangible benefits to the two countries and peoples, Xi said.
With joint efforts of both sides in recent years, China-Mongolia relations have entered a fast lane of development and showed a gratifying new look.
Xi said he attaches great importance to the development of China-Mongolia relations, and is willing to work with President Battulga to promote the two countries' comprehensive strategic partnership, which stands at a new starting point as their diplomatic ties mark the 70th anniversary, to constantly achieve new and greater improvements.
In his congratulatory message, Battulga said that at this important historical moment of the 70th anniversary of China-Mongolia ties, both sides have summarized the achievements of the 70-year exchanges, and made high-level discussion and plans about future cooperation in a long-term direction. The Mongolian side feels happy about this, he added.
At present, China-Mongolia comprehensive strategic partnership has achieved good development in various fields, met the interests of the two peoples, and made important contributions to peace and development in the region, Battulga said.
Battulga expressed his willingness to continue making joint efforts with President Xi to further consolidate and develop the friendly relations of the two countries as well as cooperation in various fields.
On the same day, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also exchanged congratulatory messages with Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh.
In his message, Li said that under the new circumstances, China is ready to work with Mongolia to jointly lead bilateral ties to keep marching forward, so as to bring more benefits to the two countries and peoples.
Khurelsukh, for his part, said in his message that the Mongolian side is willing to constantly enrich the contents of bilateral ties with China, strengthen bilateral cooperation in international and regional affairs, and enhance the friendly relations between peoples of the two countries.
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