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2016-07-15




NOMADS’ NAADAM IN HONOUR OF THE GUESTS OF THE 11TH ASEM SUMMIT






OPENING REMARKS BY H.E. TSAKHIAGIIN ELBEGDORJ, PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA, AT THE NOMADS’ NAADAM IN HONOUR OF THE GUESTS OF THE 11TH ASEM SUMMIT

Ulaanbaatar, Chingisiin Khuree


Dear friends,

A few hours ago, we were saddened by the grave news of terrorist attacks in Nice, France. Today, in our morning session, we universally and unilaterally condemned these brutal attacks on the values of humankind. And with this, following the call of my friends, excellences, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to ask you to express condolences by standing for a minute of silence for the victims.

/Heads of State and Government, and high-level delegations of the ASEM member countries, and guests who arrived to the Nomads’ Naadam event, held a moment of silence for the victims/

Thank you.


Esteemed guests,
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,

Mongol festivity Naadam is the manifestation of the supreme honour and respect by the people of Mongolia. Mongols take pride in our great history. Mongols take pride in our rich culture and traditions created, preserved and carried on through centuries. And the secrets of the victories and achievements, of development and prosperity of the Mongolian people are associated with the Mongol Naadam. We are delighted to present to you the finest of our traditions, culture, national glory and rejoice.

Mongolia is a friendly and open country. It is a country which brings together the Asian and European continents. On behalf of the people of Mongolia, I extend my deepest gratitude to Heads of State and Government, and leaders of international organizations, ministries and all officials who have come to Mongolia, and have supported and cooperated with us over the past years.

The Mongol National Festivity Naadam, waited for a whole year long by every Mongolian, is continuing in these days. We are profoundly happy to share with you with all the beauties of the customs, traditions, rites and ceremonies of the Mongol Naadam Festivity. And indeed, you are lucky to be able to experience all the unique features of Mongol culture at one sight, at one spot. We wish you thoroughly enjoy the Naadam.

In the Mongol Naadam Festivity we adulate our Great State Banners, run our wrestling tournament, race our horses, shoot our sharpest arrows. We exchange the finest of greetings and share the deepest of wholesome meanings. The 11th Asia-Europe Meeting, and its historic anniversary are finely tuning with our splendid Festivity and its traditions.

With this, I announce open the Mongol National Festivity Naadam dedicated to the glorious 20th anniversary of ASEM, honouring the Heads of State and Government and the distinguished guests participating in the ASEM Summit.

May Asia and Europe and our blue planet enjoy lasting peace and friendship.

July 15th, 2016


REMARKS BY H.E. TSAKHIAGIIN ELBEGDORJ, PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA, AT THE CLOSING OF THE NOMADS NAADAM FESTIVITY IN HONOUR OF THE GUESTS OF THE 11TH ASEM SUMMIT

Ulaanbaatar, Chingisiin Khuree

Esteemed guests,
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,

The Mongol National Festivity Naadam, dedicated to the 20th Anniversary at the Asia-Europe Meeting, thus is ending following Mongolian national traditions.

The supreme honour, ceremonies, ideals and spirit and the story of the Mongol Naadam, embodying the beautiful Mongol lands, our finest traditions and nomadic culture, I hope, have enhanced your knowledge, understanding and memories of Mongolia.

I wish you a most enjoyable and memorable stay in Mongolia, and bid an end to the Mongol Naadam.

May the heart of every guest of Mongolia be filled with rejoice and the mind – with beautiful and lasting memories.

July 15, 2016