Mongolian Foreign Minister Luvsanvandan Bold told his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida on Sunday that he welcomes progress in dialogue between Japan and North Korea over the abduction issue.
In a meeting on the sidelines of a regional security forum in the Myanmar capital Naypyitaw, Kishida expressed gratitude for Mongolia's assistance in promoting negotiations between Tokyo and Pyongyang over its abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
Mongolia maintains diplomatic relations with North Korea. Mongolia has hosted intergovernmental talks between Japan and North Korea in the absence of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In Mongolia in March, Japan and North Korea arranged a meeting for the first time between the parents of one of the abductees, Megumi Yokota, and her daughter who lives in North Korea.