·        Bilateral meetings were held within the framework of the Fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

·        During the meeting with the president of Panama, the two leaders stressed the importance of making progress on key issues on the bilateral, regional and multilateral agenda, including the promotion of free trade between the two countries.

·        The official visit the President of Costa Rica will pay to Mexico this year will be a magnificent opportunity to review the bilateral agenda and to further strengthen the strategic partnership we have with that country.

In the framework of his participation at the Fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), President Enrique Peña Nieto held bilateral meetings with President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales, President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela and President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís.

President Peña Nieto congratulated the Guatemalan president on his recent inauguration. The two leaders agreed to continue the joint strategies to build a prosperous, secure border and strengthen consular cooperation.

The president of Mexico expressed his willingness to contribute to the development of the Central American region, increase the promotion of bilateral trade and expand the economic, political and social perspectives for the short and medium term.

President Peña Nieto stressed his interest in establishing energy interconnection projects in the Central American region that will contribute to regional development.

The two presidents instructed their foreign ministers to meet as soon as possible to monitor priority issues on the bilateral agenda.

This is the second meeting between the two leaders in two months. On November 27, in his capacity as President-Elect, Jimmy Morales conducted a working visit to our country.

President Peña Nieto invited him to pay an official visit to Mexico.

Mexico is Guatemala’s largest trading partner in Latin America, with bilateral trade totaling $2.274 billion USD. In the past 10 years, trade between the two countries increased by 152 percent. Mexico’s accumulated investment in Guatemala stands at $2.7 billion USD, making it the main investor from Latin America and the Caribbean in that country and third largest worldwide after the United States and Canada.

PRESIDENTS PEÑA NIETO AND JUAN CARLOS VARELA EXPRESSED THE WILLINGNESS OF THEIR GOVERNMENTS TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION OF CUBAN MIGRANTS IN PANAMA

Presidents Peña Nieto and Juan Carlos Varela welcomed the recent organization of the Fifth Binational Mexico-Panama Meeting, held in Mexico on November 26, and stressed the importance of advancing key issues on the bilateral, regional and multilateral agenda, including the promotion of free trade between the two countries, in force since July 1, 2015.

The Mexican president welcomed the progress made in the Panama Canal expansion project, which will allow the transit of post-Panamax ships, three times larger than those that currently travel through this waterway.

The two leaders expressed the willingness of their governments to address the situation of Cuban migrants in Panama as part of a comprehensive strategy agreed at the regional level that will encourage respect for human rights and adhere to the immigration laws of each country involved.

In 2014, Panama was Mexico’s fourth largest trading partner in Central America (behind Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua), and is the leading investor from that region in our country. Cumulative FDI from Panama in Mexico between 1999 and June 2015 amounted to $1.0471 billion USD.

COSTA RICA, THE ONLY CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRY WITH WHICH MEXICO HAS A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

During his meeting with President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President Peña Nieto repeated his condolences and solidarity with the government, the relatives and the people of that nation for the regrettable death of 13 people from Costa Rica due to the sinking of a tourist boat transporting them in the Caribbean on Saturday, January 23.

The two leaders agreed that the official visit that President Solis Rivera will pay to Mexico this year will be a magnificent opportunity to review the bilateral agenda and further strengthen the strategic partnership we have with that Central American country, which has made it possible to intensify cooperation in all areas.

Costa Rica is the only Central American country with which Mexico has a Strategic Partnership Agreement and with which it maintains one of the most intense trade  in the region.