Abdullah receives Mexico’s Foreign Secretary

ABU DHABI: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister today expressed his pleasure at the steady growth of relations between the UAE and Mexico since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. In a statement at the end of a meeting with the Mexican Foreign Secretary, Jose Antonio Meade, and his accompanying delegation, Sheikh Abdullah said, “I would first like to express my great happiness at the visit of my friend, the Mexican Foreign Minister, the first official visit since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1975. There is no doubt that in recent years our relations have developed. Many important agreements have been signed, including those on the avoidance of double taxation, on air transport and on the mutual exemption of visas for holders of diplomatic and special passports.

” “We are happy that there are several thousand Mexican citizens living here (in the UAE) in their second homeland,” Sheikh Abdullah said. “We wish them a happy stay.” “Relations between our two countries will see further development over the next few weeks and months,” the UAE Foreign Minister said.

“Today, during my meeting with my Mexican colleague, we looked forward to the visit of the Mexican president to the UAE, due to take place at the beginning of next year, and to the forthcoming visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to Mexico.”

“We are in the final stages,” he added, “of reaching an agreement on the reciprocal protection of investment, which will provide good support for and will enhance the commercial exchange between our two countries and will also provide opportunities for the development of investment.” “I am so pleased,”

Sheikh Abdullah continued,” that we have had a chance during our talks to discuss the issues that concern both of our countries, in both of our regions. We also took the opportunity to discuss opportunities to strengthen our bilateral co-operation, particularly in the fields of science, food and energy.”
For his part, the Mexican Foreign Secretary said: “I would like to start by expressing my gratitude, on behalf of myself and the Mexican delegation, for the very generous hospitality during our stay here. This for me was the first visit and I must say I am delighted. I am really happy and really grateful that you are so kind to host us.”

Meade said he and Sheikh Abdullah had had an opportunity to look at the bilateral agenda and the relationship between the two countries, which dates back to 1975, adding that both sides have been friends for many more years.

He said Mexico had recently opened a consulate in Dubai and its embassy in Abu Dhabi in 2012, this having provided a good environment to allow the relationship to grow.

“We now have trade and reciprocal investment but we have an ambition for that trade to grow and for those investments to be more and more important. Sheikh Abdullah and I had a chance to look at many issues on the bilateral agenda that could provide good support for the type of relationship that we would want to have,” the Mexican Foreign Secretary said.

He noted that the treaty on the avoidance of double taxation treaty is in the process of being approved by the Mexican senate and “we are in the process of finalising the agreement on reciprocal protection for investment. Those two items would provide very good support for an enhanced economic relationship.”

Meade noted that the UAE and Mexico had identified water and food security issues as being ones on which the two countries could work together in the future.

He said the two sides had also had an interesting opportunity to look at topics of regional importance. Mexico, he said, was very pleased to have had the opportunity of understanding the region through the eyes of the UAE, to facilitate comprehension of these issues and the important roles they play in the regional perspective.

” We are very happy that we will have an opportunity to continue this on-going dialogue at the highest levels. We are sure that this dialogue will open up opportunities for both out countries to get to know each other better in the economic perspective, in the cultural perspective and in the tourist perspective. We will end up being very connected and we hope to become a part of each other’s history as we continue to grow and to prosper,” he added.

Meade concluded by thanking Sheikh Abdullah ” for his kind support and for his great hospitality for the Mexican delegation.”