Within the framework of his visit to the United States, the Foreign Minister L.Purevsuren held a meeting with the Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and discussed bilateral cooperation.
Foreign Minister L.Purevsuren highlighted valuable contribution of the U.S. volunteers in promoting democratic changes in Mongolia and advocating common values. The parties have also discussed organization of commemoration events this year to mark the 25th anniversary of cooperation agreement and celebrating in 2016 the 25th anniversary since hosting of first volunteers in Mongolia.
Inter-Governmental Agreement on Cooperation with the U.S. Peace Corps was signed in 1990 and the first volunteers arrived in Mongolia in 1991. Since then total of 1149 volunteers worked in Mongolia’s towns and provinces to support education, health, environment and small entrepreneurship. Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet noted that 125 volunteers are presently serving in 21 provinces of Mongolia.
The Foreign Minister pointed out that volunteers working all over the country provide local youth with opportunities to learn English language and that they serve as a bridge in deepening mutual understanding. He has further stressed important role of volunteers in creating indispensable people to people connection.
Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet thanked the Government of Mongolia for providing the volunteers with proper working environment and for its cooperation. She further noted that the fact that some volunteers extend their stay in or return to Mongolia serves as a proof of enabling working environment created in the country.
Both sides agreed to continue cooperation on specific projects and programs.