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Canada 150 celebrated in Mongolia

Mongolian ethnic band, Khusugtun, performing at the reception. The band toured across Canada in 2016

Ambassador Ed Jager presenting “Canada 150 Commemorative pin” to Mr. Batsukh

Mongolia’s annual Canada Day reception took place at the Choijin Lama Temple museum in the heart of the capital Ulaanbaatar June 30.

The temple is rich in cultural heritage as the former residence of one of Mongolia’s last religious rulers in the early 20th century. 

Canada 150 celebrations have been ongoing since the beginning of the year but this reception marked the highlight of the festivities. More than 250 high-level government officials and business contacts, including the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, Members of Parliament and other officials attended. The event was covered by five local TV stations and eight news websites.

Following the reception on July 3 Ambassador Ed Jager presented the first “Friends of Canada” commemorative pin to longstanding partner of Canada in Mongolia Mr. Batsukh Galsan. The presentation ceremony was held in front of “King of the Altai” argali sheep statue located on the northwest side of Mongolia’s Parliament House. The statue was sculpted by a Canadian Rich Taylor in 2006.

Galsan is the Chairman of the Board at Oyu Tolgoi, the mining mega project in which Canada is a significant investor. He has previously served as the first resident Ambassador of Mongolia to Canada and notes the relationship has covered terrain similar to the powerful argali mountain sheep.

“(The statue) represents a symbol of friendship between Mongolia and Canada,” noted Galan “Bilateral relations have been through ups and downs, but mostly ups.”

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