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Arturo Sanchez Jimenez

Newspaper La Jornada
Friday December 16, 2022, p. fifteen

Mexico and Spain announced yesterday the relaunch of bilateral cooperation 10 months after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced a pause in diplomatic relations with the Iberian nation.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, led the first meeting in five years of the Mexico-Spain Binational Commission at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE).

We have agreed on common actions and reactivated the entire cooperation network that both countries have, Ebrard said at a press conference after the meeting in which a large delegation of the Spanish government participated, made up of four other executive ministers: Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry and Commerce; Miquel Iceta, Minister of Culture; Pilar Alegría, Minister of Education, and Joan Subirats, Minister of Universities.

Ebrard added that President López Obrador He was very pleased that it was carried out the meeting with the representation of Spain and that, obviously authorized.

Albares, head of Spanish diplomacy, stated that the bilateral relationship has excellent health and underlined the will to relaunch and strengthen this bond given the close cultural, economic and social proximity. He said the approach is a clear and unequivocal message that the relationship has a mutual strategic commitment.

Binational cooperation, Ebrard emphasized, It is too vast to summarize. I would tell you that it ranges from science, culture, common actions in Central America, joint investments.

In the session of the Binational Commission We have also made an analysis of the most urgent matters, from the consular, the strategic, to the daily, universities, research centers, education, common values, gender equality, have been the reason for a very broad conversation todayEbrard said.

Ebrard said that the meeting with the Spanish delegation was a success because it will allow us to advance very quickly, quickly, at a good pace in the bilateral relationship in favor of our peoples.

Mexico and Spain agreed to give new impetus to cooperation projectsespecially in Central America, and announced that the European nation will be the guest of honor at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) in 2024. In addition, both governments will organize an exhibition on pre-Hispanic cultures in Spain.

Albares stressed that Spain will assume the presidency of the European Union (EU) as of July 1, 2023 and that from that position it will work to position Latin America and of course Mexico in the heart of Europe and that will promote the concretion of the EU-Mexico Global Agreement.

It was also announced that a new meeting of the Binational Commission will be held in 2024, this time in Madrid.

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