The fourth dialogue emphasized and strengthened the momentum that has taken place in the bilateral relations over the past few years.
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
A delegation from Mexico, led by the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Lourdes Aranda Bezaury visited Israel (19 Oct.) and participated in the fourth policy dialogue between the two countries. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman greeted Undersecretary Aranda, who took part in the dialogue in Jerusalem alongside Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Daniel Ayalon.
Foreign Minister Liberman thanked the Undersecretary for Mexico’s abstention during the UN Human Rights Council’s vote on the Goldstone Report.
The fourth dialogue emphasized and strengthened the momentum that has taken place in the bilateral relations over the past few years. The Israeli and Mexican delegations discussed a wide range of current subjects, including political and economic relations between the two states, trade and investment, international cooperation, culture, tourism, education, science and technology, as well as legal and consular matters.
At the start of the meeting, Deputy FM Ayalon expressed his gratitude for Mexico’s abstention at the Goldstone vote in the UNHRC. Additionally, DFM Ayalon asked Undersecretary Aranda for Mexico’s continued support during its term on the UN Security Council. Mr. Ayalon added, "Mexico is a key state in Latin America and the visit of the Mexican delegation can only serve to strengthen ties between Israel and Mexico."
Both delegations declared that Mexico and Israel enjoy a strong, diverse and developed relationship. Almost all indicators for judging ties testify to growth and advancement, starting with the trade statistics, economic cooperation and including investments and cultural cooperation. The free trade agreement between the two states will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2010. This agreement was recently noted to be the only free trade agreement which has continued to grow and flourish despite the worldwide economic crisis.
Significant cooperation between the two states has also been achieved in the academic, educational and technological fields. Both sides agreed on the need to expand and develop ties in these areas, which can serve as bridges for bringing the two peoples closer together.
The Israeli delegation expressed its desire to take part in the celebrations of 200 years of Mexican independence, which will start in 2010. Both parties discussed various ideas for cooperating in this matter.
The Israeli and Mexican delegations referred to regional and global events. The Mexican delegation expressed its satisfaction over the fact that Latin America has assumed a more important role than ever before in Israel’s foreign policy. The Mexican officials noted that this was a welcome trend that will greatly assist bilateral relations.
Both sides also discussed the Middle East peace process. Mexico expressed its commitment to the achievement of a just and lasting peace in the framework of two states living side-by-side in peace.
Mexico and Israel stated their mutual dedication to developing, expanding and strengthening inter-state relations through the framework of cooperation, honest dialogue and the advancement of mutual understanding.