Russian justice minister to discuss with Mongolian leadership struggle against terrorism and transnational crime

The negotiations of Russian justice minister Yuri Chaika with Mongolian leaders will focus on "questions of combating international terrorism, transnational crime, illegal weapons trade and drug trafficking, as well as the laundering of incomes received from criminal activity." The justice minister said this to RIA Novosti on Thursday when he arrived in Ulan-Bator on an official visit.

Chaika pointed out that one of the main aims of his visit is to strengthen ties between the juridical departments of the two countries.

The minister will meet with his Mongolian counterpart Tsendiin Nyamdorj to sum up the results of cooperation and map up prospects for a long-term collaboration of the juridical bodies of the two countries.

After the negotiations it is planned to sign a protocol on the guidelines and forms of cooperation for 2003-2007. "This document will stipulate a whole complex of directions along which we intend to cooperate. They include, in particular, training and improving qualification of Mongolian lawyers in Russian higher educational establishments, mutual exchange of information, the organisation of and ensuring the execution of criminal punishment, as well as aspects pertaining to drafting laws, Chaika pointed out.

He also said that a protocol to the treaty between the Russian Federation and Mongolia on the legal assistance and legal relations as far as civil and criminal cases are concerned dated April 20, 1999 will be signed.

During his visit, the Russian justice minister is going to meet with Mongolian president Natsagiyn Bagabandi and prime minister Nambaryn Enkhbayar.

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