ULAN BATOR, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia, Canada are seeking to strengthen ties as Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird arrived in the country for an official visit.
Canada is one of Mongolia's foreign policy priorities, Mongolian Foreign Minister Luvsanvandan Bold said during talks with Baird here on Thursday.
Bold proposed to elevate their four-decade-old bilateral relations to a new level and strengthen cooperation in mining, judicial reform, agriculture, healthcare and educational sectors.
Baird said that the Canadian government values its relations with Mongolia and has recently designated Mongolia as one of 25 countries that will receive Canadian development assistance in 2014-2018.
This bilateral development cooperation aims to help Mongolia stimulate sustainable economic growth by strengthening public service capacity, particularly the management of natural resources.
The ministers emphasized that Canada and Mongolia are willing to build enduring relations, based on regional and global security concerns and values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
The two sides issued a joint statement after their talks.