Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard inaugurated the 31st Meeting of Ambassadors and Consuls on "Foreign Policy for Social Well-Being” (REC 2020) this Tuesday, January 7, in the Foreign Ministry.  

In his welcome remarks, he briefly reviewed the first year of the current administration's foreign policy, which sought to give Mexico a greater role in the world while furthering multilateral initiatives that promote the country’s national interests.  

He said that, despite the turbulent international environment, Mexico can begin 2020 with confidence because "it has proven to be a consolidated, consistent, credible, reliable and effective democracy." The enormous support for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's administration means that Mexico's foreign policy is based on a transparent and democratic domestic policy. 

In discussing the foreign policy goals for North America, he highlighted the imminent support of the United States for the Comprehensive Development Plan that Mexico developed together with the countries of northern Central America and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Regarding security, Mexico's priority will continue to be freezing arms trafficking at the border. It will also continue to expand its efforts to protect Mexicans living in the U.S.

As this year's president pro tempore of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Mexico has proposed fourteen projects to be carried out jointly with the members of the Community. In addition, Mexico will seek in 2020 to conclude the process of modernizing the Global Agreement with the European Union. The Foreign Secretary said that the agreement is more than a trade agreement and that it includes the shared values of the European and Mexican societies.  

The bilateral agenda with Asia will also be strengthened in 2020, by expanding Mexico's diplomatic and trade contacts with countries such as Australia, South Korea and Japan, and strengthening Mexico's participation in MIKTA. 

In the multilateral arena, Mexico will seek to contribute to constructing an effective system. The Secretary announced that Mexico will have a seat on the UN Security Council and will be guided by its foreign policy principles and will seek to avoid the use of force.

The REC 2020 will continue for the rest of the week, with the participation of cabinet members and the heads of various government agencies in order to harmonize the work of the Foreign Ministry's and its representations abroad.