May 30, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Patricia Espinosa, met today in Ottawa. The ministers reaffirmed the strong relations between Canada and Mexico.
“Canada and Mexico have a long history as allies and friends on several fronts,” said Baird. “Secretary Espinosa has been an unwavering friend to Canada, and we were pleased to be able to host her in Ottawa.”
Baird and Minister of State Ablonczy highlighted Canada’s desire to increase legitimate trade and travel with Mexico at a time of global economic uncertainty.
“Our government’s number one priority remains jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Baird. “Mexico has been a willing partner in NAFTA and other multilateral forums, and our government has, in turn, opened seven points of service in Mexico since 2009.”
Canada has been a steadfast and reliable partner in helping Mexico combat criminal activity.
“Our countries have had extensive cooperation on security, particularly through the Canadian Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program,” said Minister of State Ablonczy. “I look forward to continuing that work with the Mexican government to promote strong trade and safe tourism and to further strengthen our countries’ ties.”
Mexico will host this year’s G-20 Summit in Los Cabos on June 18 and 19. Secretary Espinosa’s visit coincides with this year’s annual meeting of the Canada-Mexico Partnership—a primary mechanism for advancing the bilateral relationship between the two countries—which is being held on May 29 and 30 in Ottawa.
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