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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Arancha González Laya, met with his Mexican counterpart, Marcelo Ebrard, in this capital where they discussed common strategies in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic ties that unite both countries.

“They highlighted common goals such as inclusive and timely access to COVID-1 vaccines9, the adoption of a transversal gender perspective in the response to the pandemic and the adoption of recovery measures in the face of the health crisis that fully consider the needs of the least protected sectors, “the Mexican Foreign Ministry reported in a statement.

Work tour

González Laya arrived last night at Mexico for a brief tour that aims to strengthen ties with the Mexican Government through a series of interviews and meetings this Tuesday.

Both ministers met at the headquarters of the Secretariat of On the outer Reporters of Mexico, in the center of the capital, in the first meeting they hold in person, although they have been in “close communication” since the beginning of the pandemic, the statement detailed.

“The foreign ministers endorsed the intention of Mexico and Spain to strengthen bilateral ties and their global cooperation. They highlighted the closeness and multiple coincidences between the Mexican and Spanish societies, the mutual importance of the economic relationship and the social dimension of the agendas of the two governments, “it was reported.

Trade agreements

They also agreed on the “benefits” that the FTA between Mexico and the European Union (TLCUEM), which could come into force in 2021, an issue that the Spanish minister also discussed with the Mexican Secretary of the Economy, Graciela Márquez, in a previous meeting this Tuesday.

The Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations stressed “the importance of following strengthening communication bilateral “and stressed” the multiple coincidences “of Mexico and Spain in the United Nations (UN) and in the G20.

The statement did not detail whether the two ministers addressed the request of the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, for Felipe VI apologize for the Spanish conquest of present-day Mexico in 2021, when it will be 500 years since the arrival of Hernán Cortés.

Bilateral relationship

The relationship between Spain and the Government of Lopez Obrador It started on the right foot, with the attendance of King Felipe VI at the Mexican’s investiture in December 2018 and the visit a month after the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, who showed good harmony with the Mexican president.

But shortly after the relationship cooled, when in March 2019 the Mexican president asked Felipe VI and Pope Francis by letter to offer apologies for the conquest, something he continues to insist on today.

Meeting with Spanish companies

González Laya has planned a meeting with Spanish capital companies based in Mexico, some of which are upset by the nationalist energy policy of López Obrador, who tends to attack foreign companies that in his opinion were favored by previous Mexican executives.

The president of the Spanish electricity company IberdrolaIgnacio Sánchez Galán said last month that he is ruling out starting new projects in Mexico if the country’s government does not want him to continue investing there.

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