1French minister visits Mongolia to promote nuclear energy cooperation .
2Visiting French Minister of State for foreign trade Anne-Marie Idrac started a two-day visit to Mongolia to seek bilateral cooperation in nuclear energy Wednesday .
3The minister was received by Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj , Speaker of the Mongolian parliament Demberel Damdin , and Foreign Minister Zandanshatar Gombojav .
4The French delegation includes representatives of the state-run uranium company Areva Group , which has uranium interests in eastern Mongolia .
5During the visit , a Mongolian-French business forum is expected to be held to discuss trade and economic cooperation between the two countries .
6It is also expected that Mongolia and France will sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the uranium sector Thursday .
7The French minister said `` we will sign an agreement on cooperation in the nuclear energy field .
8Areva is a world-class uranium company .
9This intergovernmental agreement will be the basis for Areva 's operation in Mongolia . ''
10France was supporting all dialogue between Mongolia and the European Union , she said .
11She handed over an official letter from French President Nicolas Sarkozy to his Mongolian counterpart Elbegdorj .
12In the letter , Sarkozy said he attached importance to cooperation between the two countries , a Mongolian press release said .
13President Elbegdorj said , `` We appreciate that France , having rich experience in nuclear energy , is working with Mongolia . ''
14Areva , one of the world 's biggest atomic energy groups , has increased its investment and business in Mongolia in recent years .
15It holds several uranium licenses in eastern Mongolia .