This year, on the 16th of September, Mexico is celebrating 205 years since its Revolution of 1810. This anniversary of the event coincides with the celebration of 80 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Romania and the United Mexican States. In 1935, Dimitrie Drăghicescu arrived in Mexico City as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Romania to Mexico. In the speech he delivered at Drăghicescu’s presentation of credentials, the Mexican minister, General Eduardo Hay, expressed „the profound attachment that the Mexican people has for the Romanian people […], an attachment naturally stemming from the affinities of civilization that unite our the two nations”.
The 80th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Romania and the United Mexican States provides us not only with the opportunity of reflecting on our relationship, but also with the possibility of looking towards new avenues of cooperation.
The history of Mexico retains illustrious Romanian contributions, such as the work of George Bibescu (author of “Au Mexique” in 1862), the activity of captain-doctor Ilarie Mitrea, of explorer Iuliu (Julio) Popper (editor of “Diario de los Foresteros”, 1884-1885) and of Gregoriu Ştefănescu.
Mexico is one of Romania’s most important Latin American partners and, throughout the 80 years, we have developed a sustained political dialogue, enhanced our economic relations, and expanded our cultural and educational cooperation. Our countries have established a balanced and positive dialogue based on the traditional friendship, cultural affinity, and shared values that have contributed to strengthening our ties. The political and economic consultations held in Mexico City in March 2014 and the workings of the Joint Committee for Cooperation in the field of counter-narcotics and pharmaco-dependency held in Bucharest (December 2014) are concrete proof of the constant and positive trend existing in our relation.
There are also common objectives on the multilateral agenda, such as the promotion of economic freedom and trade, justice and human rights, and tolerance, as well as discussions on how to address climate change and energy security.
Romania is looking for ways to amplify and diversify bilateral cooperation with Mexico in fields like IT, agriculture, construction and modernization of refineries, to mention just a few.
A number of common initiatives aim at boosting bilateral cooperation and enhancing economic, scientific, technological, and cultural links between our two nations. The business environment will explore new opportunities at the next economic seminar on the advantages of the Pacific Alliance (to be held in Bucharest, on 16 October).
Our cultural and educational exchanges have been an important element in the effort of bringing the two peoples ever closer. Nowadays more and more Romanian students are taking a growing interest in learning the Spanish language and getting acquainted with Mexican culture.
The Strategic Partnership between the European Union and Mexico, established in 2008, represents a major step forward for both parties, as it enables the EU and Mexico to broaden their dialogue and deepen their cooperation.
As an EU Member State, Romania actively supports the consolidation of the EU – CELAC bi-regional relations and promotes a more engaged, realistic and pragmatic approach, starting with identifying areas of common interest.
I strongly believe that our relationship will remain solid, dynamic, and motivated by shared interests.
Today Mexico celebrates El Día de la Independencia presenting itself as a vibrant, modern country with a vast cultural heritage, with a history of being a committed actor in a globalised world.
On this auspicious occasion, I want to convey my very best thoughts to the Mexican people, to whom I extend my sincere congratulations on their Independence Day. ¡Felicidades a todos los mexicanos! ¡Viva México!