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Mongolian
envoy
opens up
new links
By JACQUELINE REESl
Mongolia's first high
ranking envoy to Australia
slipped quietly into town
this week to present his
credentials to the Gover
nor-General, Sir John Kerr,
at Yarralumla.
Mr S. Danibadarjaa ar
rived to reciprocate the
presentation of letter ol
credence by Mr John Law
rey in 1973 as Australia's
first Ambassador to Mon
golia.
The present Australian
incumbent is Sir James
Plimsoll, for the position is
dually accredited with Mos>
cow. Similarly, Mr Dam
badarjaa will look after
Canberra from Toyko,
where he has been since last
year, following terms in
London and Moscow.
The protracted hiswry of
the overtures that culminated
in Thursday's formal reci
procation of establishing dip
lomatic relation began in
1967 when Sir Paul Hasluck
was Foreign Minister and
Australia and Mongolia de
cided formally to recognise
each other.
Things were hastened a
little in 1972 when it was
decided to add ambassadorial
trappings and bring a little
closer to reality the idle
speculation among the folk
at Barton as to who might
score a plum appointment in
Ulan Bator.
Officials were at a loss to
say yesterday the exact
nature of business between
the two countries but said it
was somewhat important,
nevertheless, that Australia
had established formal
contact.
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