During Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s state visit to Mexico, the governments of the two countries signed 13 cooperation agreements in various areas which, among other things, will permit Mexican scientists’ participation in research missions in the Chilean base in Antarctica, and the conservation of protected marine and coastal areas.
Moreover, cooperation will be strengthened in the field of artistic training and production financing; and programs will be promoted in the areas of consumer protection and tourism, health, education, human resource development, security, defense and legislative management.
In a press statement, President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto stressed the importance of the agreements signed between the two governments, which, he said will give, “A new impetus to our relationship.” In particular, he stressed the Declaration of Intent on scientific cooperation in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environment, which will allow Mexico to conduct scientific research in the Antarctic.
"This would have been unthinkable and would not have been achieved without the political will of your government, Mrs. President, on the basis of the agreement that has been signed and has no doubt aroused great interest among the country’s scientific community,” he said.
The Mexican president also stressed the cooperation that Chile is offering the Armed Forces of our country, “Particularly since Mexico has decided to participate in the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations.”
He added that the cooperation will enable the training of the Mexican Armed Forces,” and make it possible to share the experience you have had with this objective of participating in peacekeeping tasks throughout the world.
Earlier on, during the official welcoming ceremony held in Campo Marte, President Peña Nieto stressed that this state visit, “Is particularly symbolic because it being held within the framework of the 25th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between our countries. The ties between Chile and Mexico are firm and permanent; They are based on deep affinities and great similarities in their development.”
He also stressed that in the wake of the coup d’état in Chile, “We opened our doors to the Chilean exiles who made Mexico their second home.
Thousands of Chileans found a space for their academic and professional development in our universities, institutions, companies and cultural organizations . On the basis of our close friendship and great proximity, Chileans and Mexicans have established a relationship of great opportunities in the political, economic and social fields.”
THE AGREEMENTS SIGNED TODAY WILL FURTHER STRENGTHEN OUR HISTORIC LINKS, GIVING US A BROAD FUTURE HORIZON. MICHELLE BACHELET
Chilean president Michelle Bachelet repeated her will and commitment to strengthen ties in every sphere with Mexico, “A country we regard as a friend as well as a brother.” She declared that Chile and Mexico are united by a past of solidarity and a present, “Of cooperation, joint work, similar challenges but also of great opportunities, exchange of experiences, development and mutual learning.”
This is possible, she said, “Because we have a common vision and similar positions on the rule of democratic principles, the full respect of human rights, the rule of law, trade liberalization" and the responsibility to cooperate so that we can all achieve development.
She stressed that, “We share positions on major issues on the international and regional agenda, which brings us together in many respects.”
President Bachelet explained that with Mexico’s support, Chile joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and is in the Pacific Alliance in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and is a member of APEC (the Asia-Pacific ), opening up great opportunities for collaboration in joint projects in the field of trade, investment, education, culture, security, innovation, oceans, astronomy, science and technology.
As for the agreements signed today, she declared that, "They will greatly strengthen our historic links, giving them a broad future horizon.” She mentioned that they are being duplicated, “Because they are not ideas that are up in the air, but concrete projects that will allow us to move more quickly into new areas and beyond, to continue what we have been doing very well.”
President Bachelet said that the Chilean delegation, composed of ministers of state, parliamentarians, businessmen and academics, represents “the various dimensions we have as a country, but also the various areas of interest between our nations." She trusted that this will be a visit to “Revitalize and powerfully relaunch our present and future agenda.”
In the morning, during the Official Welcome Ceremony, Michelle Bachelet said that Mexico and Chile resumed their historic friendship a quarter of a century ago, after a very dark period in our history”, when, “We experienced the overt, generous solidarity of Mexico, which received thousands of Chileans fleeing violence and persecution. This solidarity has been engraved in the soul of our country and we will never cease to be grateful for it”.
She noted that today, “Latin American countries must speak with a common voice and support each other to advance a large, shared space of freedoms, democracy, social inclusion and economic development.”
“Chile knows that it can count on Mexico,” she said, in the search for new solutions to old problems: “We can work together, hand in hand, like the old friends we are. We are confident that this visit will be a true reflection of that and we will return to our country satisfied and with new tasks and new commitments”.
CHILE HAILS PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO’S CONTRIBUTION TO STRENGTHENING AND DEEPENING RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES
After the official welcome ceremony, the two leaders held a working meeting at the official residence of Los Pinos. There, accompanied by their delegations, they reviewed the main issues on a bilateral agenda that seeks to strengthen the dialogue on politics, trade, investment flows and tourism as well as on bilateral cooperation and cooperation with third countries.
In recognition of his contributions to strengthening and deepening relations between Mexico and Chile, President Enrique Peña Nieto received the medal of the Order of Merit of Chile, Collar Grade, from President Bachelet.
Among the agreements signed by the governments of Mexico and Chile, a new portfolio of projects from the Joint Cooperation Fund was signed which, among other effects, will benefit copper and silver workers and other Latin American countries through triangular cooperation.
Both countries reaffirmed their commitment to collaboration for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, their resources and marine ecosystems, biodiversity, protected marine areas and the sustainable development of coastal areas. They reiterated their determination to reduce the vulnerability to the effects of climate change of human settlements, infrastructure and production activities in the coastal zone.
At the meeting, mention was made of the Mexican exhibition "Great Masters of Latin American Folk Art”, currently on display in Santiago. The exhibition, “Great Masters of Mexican Mural painting in Chile. The Pending Exhibition,” to be opened later this year at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago; Chile's participation as guest of honor at the International Cervantino Festival 2015, and Mexico’s attendance as guest of honor at the Santiago International Book Fair (FILSA) 2016 were also announced.
President Peña Nieto subsequently hosted a dinner in honor of the Chilean governor, in Chapultepec Castle, at which the work of Gonzalo Martínez Corbalá, Mexican ambassador to Chile at the time of the 1973, was acknowledged.
Chile is now Mexico’s third largest trading partner in South America, after Brazil and Colombia, with trade exceeding $3.5 billion USD in 2014. Mexico invests $5.288 billion USD in Chile, through more 30 companies with operations in that country.
Chile is the fourth investor in Mexico among the Latin American and Caribbean countries. Chileans rank sixth among Latin American and the Caribbean tourists to Mexico. In 2014, a record number of 107,455 visitors was registered, representing a 22 per cent increase over the past two years.