Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs chaired the opening event of the 2018 Meeting of Consuls and Ambassadors (REC2018), which took place from January 4 to 11 in Mexico City.

The Foreign Secretary declared that in 2018 Mexico would continue to promote engagement with countries on all continents with a view to establishing and continuing projects of mutual cooperation.

Secretary Videgaray emphasized that the world is currently in a process of change, a process of challenges and uncertainties, of technological changes and of a questioning of the benefits of globalization in general, which have translated into dramatic political changes that affect the way that Mexico engages with the world.

The Foreign Secretary stressed that Mexican foreign policy requires reflection entailing a questioning of how our country engages with the world, what our objectives are and what our strategies are to safeguard and promote the national interest.

In this complex and challenging context, he referred to diplomatic principles and traditions, especially those outlined in Article 89, Subsection 10 of the Mexican Constitution, which are the guiding principles that give Mexico clear parameters for how to act on the world stage.

In bilateral matters, Secretary Videgaray recognized that 2017 was a positive year for Mexico’s relationship with Canada, highlighting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to the country in October. He stated that the collaborative work would continue, not only in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) but also in initiatives for cooperation and exchanges with this country.

Secretary Videgaray thanked the embassies and consulates for their hard work on the occasion of the earthquakes in September of last year, and also recognized the efforts of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) in coordinating and channelling the international aid received.

Finally, he reiterated the instructions to Secretariat staff to maintain strict neutrality and impartiality with respect to the electoral process in 2018

Source: Press Release S R E