Monday, April 21, 2014

Ambassador S.Khurelbaatar: President returns to Mongolia with health service ideas

The President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj is returning in good health to Mongolia after undergoing surgery in Japan.
He is also initiating certain works to bring Japanese remedies and treatments to Mongolia. In particular, the President is returning to Mongolia with a hospital team, who will perform good-quality health services.
The following is a phone interview with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan S.Khurelbaatar, released by Mass Media News Agency.
Good evening. You are in contact with the President of Mongolia, who is undergoing treatment in Japan. How is his health condition?
President Ts.Elbegdorj had spine surgery in the hospital at Tokyo University. The President’s surgery, considered to be one of the most difficult operations, went successfully, and he is recovering quickly. Doctors said he can return home after a few days.
The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, had a meeting with the President. Is the President having other meeting besides undergoing treatment?
Yes he is. The President held several official meetings after leaving the hospital. Firstly, the Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe invited the President to his office and they had brunch together, where the two sides shared views on certain issues. Many officials and authorities of Japan also visited President Ts.Elbegdorj. A senior policy maker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of the Japan Yasuhisa Shiozaki and the secretary of the party’s “Japan-Mongolia friendship group Hayashi”, the delegation of economists, as well as other officials visited the President and held meetings.
What issues were touched upon and discussed during the meeting between Shinzo Abe and Ts.Elbegdorj?
During the meeting, Shinzo Abe and President Ts.Elbegdorj commented that the relations between Mongolia and Japan are at their most pleasant time and are speedily developing at a high level in a friendly atmosphere. Both sides also pointed out that the friendly individual relations of leaders are having a good influence on the two country’s relations. The parties also noted that the mid-term program to develop strategic relations, established in result of Shinzo Abe’s visit to Mongolia and President Ts.Elbegdorj’s visit to Japan last year, was being successfully implemented. Also they emphasized that the events and measures, stated in the program, should be developed further.
Did they discuss the results of “Ulaanbaatar talks and agreement”, made during Shinzo Abe’s visit to Mongolia?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe highly valued the significance of the “Ulaanbaatar talks and agreement” initiative and Mongolia’s contribution in providing regional security and sustainability. Shinzo Abe said that due to this initiative, talks and negotiations between Japan and North Korea are advancing with the support of Mongolia, and he thanked President Ts.Elbegdorj for paying attention to it himself. Also Mr. Shinzo Abe commented that he has interest to cooperate with Mongolia in providing sustainable security in North-East Asia, and to expand cooperation in the Asia and Pacific region, as well as to promote and support Mongolia in joining regional integration and mechanisms of cooperation.
What other issues, beneficial to Mongolia, are going to be resolved?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised several things to President Ts.Elbegdorj. Japan promised to assist and support Mongolia to implement a large project that will help sustainably develop Mongolia’s economy. He promised to assist in preparing relevant human resources, who will be able to implement the project. During last year’s visit to Mongolia, Shinzo Abe decided to grant a soft loan of 7.5 billion JPY, dedicated to train a thousand Mongolian youth in engineering and technical professions as promised. Also he said that Japan has finalized the decision to build a hospital with 200 beds and the latest modern diagnosis and treatment equipment for the Mongolian people, with grant aid from the Government of Japan.  The Japanese side also expressed satisfaction in the successful construction procedure of the new international airport in Mongolia and promised to conduct studies for Mongolia to build a freight and transportation center, which connects Europe and Asia.
That is great news. Can you please give more detailed information on the building of a new hospital?
During the meeting President Ts.Elbegdorj expressed thanks for the great service and treatment provided by the hospital as well as thanking the Japanese side for receiving his request to build a modern hospital, in order to deliver the good-quality services of Japanese hospitals to ordinary Mongolian citizens. It is our pleasure to announce that the President’s health is now in a good condition, and that he is initiating some work to bring Japanese treatments and health services to the Mongolian people. In particular, the President is returning to Mongolia with a hospital team that will perform good-quality health services. Also, he had several talks with officials and public organizations to implement several health services. The team of Japanese cardio surgeons and doctors promised to visit Mongolia for short and long periods to do surgery for Mongolian children with health issues.

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