|SPEECH BY SHRI K. R. NARAYANAN, PRESIDENT OF INDIA, WHILE ACCEPTING
THE CREDENTIALS FROM MR. O. NYAMDAVAA, AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE
OF MONGOLIA TO INDIA
NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 21, 1998
I have great pleasure
in accepting the Letter of Credence appointing you as the distinguished
representative of your great country to India. I take this opportunity to
congratulate you and wish you success in your new assignment.
India cherishes the age
old, warm and friendly relationship with Mongolia. Our contacts span over
2000 years. We share spiritual values going back to ancient times. These
values provide a strong foundation for friendship and understanding among
our two ancient civilisations.
The Treaty of Friendly
Relations and Co-operation signed in February, 1994 during the visit of
then President Ochirbat provides the framework for our relations. I cherish
the memories of my visit to your beautiful country in 1996 as Vice-President
and the warmth of welcome accorded to me by the government and people of
Mongolia. The exchanges between our two Parliaments which represent the
will of our two peoples has contributed to enhancing mutual understanding.
The visit of H.E. Mr. N. Bagabandi, President of Mongolia in his then capacity
as Chairman of State Great Hural in January 1996, has contributed to strengthening
mutual understanding and co-operation.
Our recent interaction
in diverse fields has been to mutual benefit. I am happy to note the success
of the experiments carried out in the "Friendship Farm" established in Darkhan
City. I am happy also at the work being done by the Rajiv Gandhi Vocational
Training Centre at Ulaanbaatar. These are true symbols of our friendship.
May I, Excellency, once
again express my happiness at your appointment as Ambassador of Mongolia
to India. You have the responsibility of promoting these relations. We are
confident that you will play an active and effective role in this context
and your understanding of India born out of your long association with India
will make an immense contribution to friendship between our two countries.
I would like to assure your Excellency of my Government's full co-operation
in this task. I would like to wish you a happy, productive and fulfilling
tenure in India. May I convey the good wishes of the Government and people
of India to President Natsagiin Bagabandi and to the Government and people