IN NEW YORK, FOREIGN SECRETARY PATRICIA ESPINOSA HOLDS BILATERAL MEETINGS WITH THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF SWITZERLAND, ARMENIA AND EGYPT
As part of her agenda of activities at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and in order give impetus to Mexico’s political and economic relations, Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa held bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of Switzerland, Armenia and Egypt on Friday in New York.
During her meeting with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, Foreign Secretary Espinosa stressed the importance that Mexico gives to its relationship with Switzerland, while highlighting Mexico’s interest in strengthening their political contacts and bilateral economic relationship as well as their dialogue about multilateral issues of mutual interest. The meeting allowed both officials to discuss the progress of the climate change agenda, especially the Green Fund, and global efforts for the full respect for human rights. The Mexican Foreign Secretary reiterated the open invitation for Swiss President Eveline Widmer Schlumpf visit Mexico as soon as her schedule permits.
Later, Foreign Secretary Espinosa met with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, with whom she agreed on the importance of promoting the dialogue between the two governments and identifying areas for closer bilateral cooperation. Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian discussed, for his part, his perspective on the situation in the Caucasus region. In this regard, Foreign Secretary Espinosa stressed that the Mexican government strongly supports dialogue as the appropriate way to arrive at peaceful solutions that promote lasting peace and stability.
At the multilateral level, the Mexican official pointed out the importance for Mexico of reforming the United Nations and its principal organs, including the Security Council and ECOSOC. Foreign Secretary Espinosa again extended an invitation for her Armenian counterpart to visit Mexico at his earliest convenience. Foreign Minister Nalbandian said that his country intended to open an embassy in Mexico in the near future.
Later, the Foreign Secretary met with her Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr. At this meeting, both officials confirmed their interest in strengthening the political dialogue and promoting a closer economic relationship between Mexico and Egypt. They agreed to hold a meeting for bilateral consultations as soon as possible, now that they have been institutionalized between the two governments, and to encourage a closer relationship between the private sectors of the two countries.
Foreign Secretary Espinosa congratulated Foreign Minister Amr for the process of democratic transition in Egypt and for the peaceful June 2012 presidential elections. Similarly, she expressed the Mexican government’s readiness to further strengthen the historic ties of friendship and cooperation that unite the two countries.
Egypt is one of the first countries in Africa and the Middle East with which Mexico established links. In 1905, an Honorary Consulate was established in Alexandria and in March 31, 1958, diplomatic relations were established.