The Sixth Meeting of the Mechanism of Political Consultations between Mexico and Romania was held on Friday. The Mexican delegation was headed by the General Director for Europe of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Ambassador Francisco del Río whereas the Romanian delegation was led by the General Director for Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Ambassador Radu Safta.
According to a press release issued by the Embassy of Mexico in Bucharest, the meeting allowed for the continuity of the positive political dialogue between the two countries and to examine the status of the bilateral relationship. Moreover, new areas of cooperation were identified which will strengthen the bonds between the two nations, based on shared values and the comparative advantages of their economies and originality of their culture.
On political affairs, both delegations agreed on continuing to foster their bonds through the developing a solid institutional and judicial framework and by improving the inter-parliamentary dialogue. In this sense, they agreed to re-launch the negotiation process of instruments in the fields of political cooperation, exchange of information and extradition. In addition, they stressed that both Mexico and Romania give priority to service the needs of their communities living abroad, by the way of promoting a strong dialogue which allows for the exchange of best practices in the areas of consular protection, documentation and diplomacy.
In regards to the encouraging partnership both countries share through the Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement (Global Agreement) between Mexico and the EU, the two delegations acknowledged the importance of renewing this year the afore mentioned Agreement, promoting bilateral economic exchanges and the political dialogue at the European level.
On economic and commercial affairs, the delegations expressed their satisfaction for the dynamic evolution of the exchanges, which since 2007 have tripled their value, mostly the energy, automotive, agricultural and technological sectors. In this context, they agreed to continue carrying out activities for economic, commercial and touristic promotion, based on the opportunities that free trade and the privileged market position of both countries in the European and North American market.
On the other hand, both delegations underscored the importance of advancing the Program of Cooperation for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, especially in novel initiatives which promote deeper mutual insight to both countries of their particularities and to enhance the inter-institutional relation through the Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID) and its Romanian counterpart, AidRo. In addition, they emphasized the increasing interest of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and University of Bucharest for creating the Program for Peace Studies “Fabela-Titulescu”.
In the multilateral arena, they made reference to the excellent collaboration between the two governments in terms of candidacies for international institutions and to promote areas of mutual interest, related to peace promotion, respect for Human Rights and migrants. In this context, the delegations valued the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration of the UN, co-sponsored by Mexico and Switzerland. They also discussed the subject of the Pacific Alliance and the advantages it offers to Romania as an Observer state.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Head of the Mexican delegation, on behalf of Mexico, expressed his congratulations to Romania and the Romanian people for the Centennial of the Great Union, which created modern Romania.