EU/Mexico — 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations

50th anniver­sary of the estab­lish­ment of diplo­mat­ic rela­tions with the Unit­ed States of Mex­i­co, on 30th Novem­ber, 1960
The Euro­pean Union and the Unit­ed States of Mex­i­co com­mem­o­rate today the estab­lish­ment of diplo­mat­ic rela­tions 50 years ago, on Novem­ber 30th, 1960. On this occa­sion, the Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs of Mex­i­co Ambas­sador Patri­cia Espinosa and the High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Union for For­eign Affairs and Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy/Vice-Pres­i­dent Cather­ine Ash­ton have exchanged mes­sages to mark this impor­tant event.

In her mes­sage, Cather­ine Ash­ton stress­es that the EU and Mex­i­co have accom­plished a lot dur­ing this half cen­tu­ry. Mex­i­co was the first coun­try in Latin Amer­i­ca with which the EU con­clud­ed a glob­al Asso­ci­a­tion Agree­ment, includ­ing a free trade area, which entered into force 10 years ago. This agree­ment has result­ed in great­ly increased bilat­er­al trade and invest­ment flows.

The EU high­ly val­ues the role Mex­i­co plays in world affairs, and the intense coop­er­a­tion on most inter­na­tion­al issues, notably in the con­text of the Unit­ed Nations.

Min­is­ter Espinosa on her side recalls that the two sides have con­stant­ly rein­forced, over the years, the links that unite them, notably through the Glob­al Agree­ment and the Strate­gic Part­ner­ship.

Mex­i­co and the EU decid­ed to grant each oth­er the sta­tus of Strate­gic part­ners in order to fur­ther enhance their bilat­er­al and mul­ti­lat­er­al coop­er­a­tion in a vari­ety of areas such as cli­mate change, secu­ri­ty, human rights and macro-eco­nom­ic issues. The aim is for the rela­tion­ship to con­tin­ue to grow for the greater ben­e­fit of the cit­i­zens and the pro­mo­tion of com­mon val­ues.

Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union

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