The Annual Bilateral Consultations (ABCs) between the Governments of Mongolia and the United States were held September 8 at the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulaanbaatar. Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, led the U.S delegation, which also included Deputy Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton and Millennium Challenge Corporation Managing Director Jonathan Brooks. D. Gankhuyag, State Secretary of the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the Mongolian government delegation at the talks.
The United States and Mongolia discussed economic and commercial ties, U.S. support for Mongolia’s peacekeeping efforts, and regional security. Assistant Secretary Russel noted that this year’s ABCs were especially important because they occurred after the revival of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks. The U.S. delegation also expressed its support for Mongolia’s 25 years of democratic progress and its commitment to being a role model for developing democracies.