ULAN BATOR, Oct.18 (Xinhua) -- Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh met with visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, the Mongolian government press office said Thursday.
Shoygu arrived in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator on Thursday morning for one-day official visit.
"Mongolia attaches great importance to deepening its relations with Russia in all sectors. In this regard, we are ready to continue to expand military-technical cooperation between our two countries," Khurelsukh said.
The prime minister expressed his gratitude for Russia's long-standing support to providing training and military-technical equipment to Mongolia.
He also expressed the hope that Russia's high-level officials will visit Mongolia to jointly celebrate the 80th anniversary of the victory of the battle of Khalkhin Gol in 2019.
Describing their bilateral relationship as traditionally good-neighborly, Shoygu said that Russia will further deepen military-technical cooperation with Mongolia.
Earlier in the day, Mongolian Defense Minister Nyamaa Enkhbold held talks with Shoygu on issues related to bilateral defense cooperation.
During the meeting, the two defense ministers signed a long-term program for military cooperation to enhance defense ties, under which the two countries will collaborate in areas of armed forces management, military education and joint exercises, according to the Mongolian Defense Ministry.
During the visit, Russian defense minister also handed over military equipment assistance to the Mongolian air defense forces.