ABC News' Mary Bruce reports:
This afternoon President Obama will meet with his Mongolian counterpart, President Tsakhia Elbegdorj, who is visiting the U.S. with the hopes of boosting the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
The United States “has a responsibility to help those who are trying to follow in its steps,” Elbegdorj told the Washington Post in an interview ahead of his visit.
“It is tough, but Mongolia was the biggest power in the world, and we had the same responsibility,” he told the Post, harkening back to the Mongol Empire under Genghis Khan.
Mongolia, which holds regular free elections and allows power to transfer peacefully, receives financial assistance from the U.S. but is seeking more of a sustained commercial relationship.
In an Oval Office meeting, the two Presidents will discuss steps to expand diplomatic, economic and defense cooperation between their two nations, according to the White House.
In addition to meeting the president, Elbegdorj is expected to hold separate meetings with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.