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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Meets with Mongolia's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Sukhbaatar Batold

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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Meets with Mongolia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Sukhbaatar Batold

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke hosted a meeting with Mongolia's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Sukhbaatar Batbold at the Commerce Department today. This was the first meeting between Minister Batbold and Secretary Locke.

Secretary Locke and Minister Batbold pledged to continue to develop U.S.-Mongolian trade and economic relations.

"The Commerce Department looks forward to working with Mongolia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to further strengthen our commercial ties," Secretary Locke said.

Secretary Locke and Minister Batbold discussed the importance of the Fourth U.S.-Mongolia Business Forum, which will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce tomorrow, and will focus on the energy sector, including coal mining and production, renewable energy, oil and gas, and nuclear energy.

"We are pleased that the Forum tomorrow will bring together more than 100 American and Mongolian business officials to explore potential business prospects and pave the way for future partnerships," Secretary Locke said.

The Forum is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Mongolia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, the Foreign Investment and Foreign Trade Agency, the Trade and Development Bank, and the Mongolian Embassy.