US announces plans to expand its partnership with Mongolia

August 8, 2019 – A somewhat overlooked announcement from the White House at the end of last month was the cooperative meeting between President Trump and Mongolia’s President Battulga proclaiming closer cooperation between the two democracies.

US President Donald J. Trump receives Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga

In 2018, the United States had a $111 million trade surplus with Mongolia, reflecting the significant importance of the country as an export market for American goods such as automobiles and heavy machinery.

According to the White House report, Mongolian troops stood side-by-side with American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and have pledged to commit troops in Afghanistan through at least 2021.

The report continues to claim that Mongolia has been supportive of US sanctions on North Korea and our negotiation efforts. Through its “Third Neighbor Policy” Mongolia looks to maintain close ties to democratic partners like the US, Japan, and South Korea.

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