Historical and cultural ties between Mongolia and Turkey date back thousands of years, Mongolia’s ambassador in Ankara said on Tuesday.

At a reception in the capital Ankara marking Mongolia’s 95th anniversary and 50 years of diplomatic ties with Turkey, Ambassador Bold Ravdan said that the two countries, sharing the same ethnic roots, grew closer after developing a comprehensive partnership in 2004.

“Mongolia has only two geographical neighbors,” Ravdan told the assembled envoys and military attaches from various countries.

“But the Mongolian State’s Great Khural [parliament] called Turkey its ‘third neighbor’.”

Ravdan said that Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA),

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