Mongolian President gifts Defense Minister Rajnath Singh a horse

Ulaanbaatar: Rajnath Singh, India’s first defense minister to visit Mongolia, received a majestic horse from President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh on Wednesday, seven years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a similar gift from that country’s leaders.

“A special gift from our special friends in Mongolia. I have named this magnificent beauty, Tejas’. Thank you, President Khurelsukh. Thank you Mongolia,” Singh tweeted Wednesday along with photos of the white horse.

On Tuesday, Singh called President Khurelsukh and reviewed strategic bilateral relations.

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Excellent meeting with the President of Mongolia, HEU Khurelsukh in Ulaanbaatar. Recalled my last meeting with him in 2018, when he was Prime Minister of the country. We are fully committed to further deepening our multi-faceted strategic partnership with Mongolia,” Singh said in a tweet.

The Mongolian President expressed satisfaction with the expansion of relations and cooperation with India, Mongolia’s third important neighbor, while stressing that the official visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Mongolia in 2015, and the visit Defense Minister Singh’s ongoing are the important impetus for further development.

Khurelsukh also said that it is entirely possible to elevate the strategic partnership between the two countries to a comprehensive strategic partnership, Mongolian national news agency Montsame reported.

In 2015, Prime Minister Modi received a special gift of a brown racing horse from his Mongolian counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg during his historic visit to that country.

The horse was called Kanthaka’.

Mongolia is known as the Land of the Horse, according to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).

Mongolia is home to over 3 million horses, making the horse population almost equal to the human population of the vast nation.

Even in the 21st century, Mongolia remains a horse-based culture and retains its pastoral traditions.

Meanwhile, Singh also visited Gandan Monastery in Mongolia on Wednesday.

“Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh visited Gandan Monastery in Mongolia today and interacted with the country’s top Buddhist monk,” the Indian Defense Minister tweeted.

Defense Minister Singh is on a five-day visit to Mongolia and Japan from Monday in a bid to expand India’s strategic and defense ties with the two countries amid the evolving regional security matrix and geopolitical unrest.

Singh’s visit to Mongolia from September 5-7 is the first-ever tour to the East Asian country by an Indian defense minister.