By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — City Hall has rolled out the red carpet for the president of Mongolia.

President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj visited City Council Chambers, talking about his commitment to the protection of Mongolia’s democracy.

(credit: Steve Tawa)

(credit: Steve Tawa)

“Every beat of heart has the sounds of freedom.”

Governor Wolf calls President Elbegdorj a “remarkable leader” who has enhanced Mongolia’s status on the world stage, since it went through its own democratic revolution in 1990.

“You’re situated right between Russia and China, and we all know that must be a real challenge.”

Mongolia is a former Soviet satellite that had been under communist rule for decades, but the Harvard educated 53-year-old president says his vast, rugged country made a peaceful transition to democracy.

“Without shedding a single drop of blood.”

His visit came at the invitation of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which will tour that country as part of its 2017 Asia Tour.

“I’m really happy to call all of you friends of Mongolia. Let’s work together.”