BEIJING, Jun 23 — Wearing white gloves and wielding two pairs of scissors, Mongolia Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa and Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on June 22, 2018, literally cut a strip of red tape, a move intended to symbolize Mongolia’s first oil refinery to launch its construction. Numerous people gathered to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of a long-awaited project with the help of a USD 1 billion loan from India at Altanshiree soum, Dornogobi province, Mongolia.
“Mongolia as an important strategic partner,” Indian Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh pointed out. “India wants to realize the huge potential of bilateral relations with Mongolia” he added. In a moment rich with pomp and symbolistics, Khurelsukh Ukhnaa emphasized the importance of the project and proudly proclaimed his decision was “historic”. This word implicates that his effort to accomplish for a tricky task to end the country’s dependence on Russia fuel.