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México, 07/10/2017 - 01:23, UNIQUE ID: 171007_1
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In the framework of the modernization of the Global Agreement, Mexico and the European Union (EU) held the fourth negotiation round on political and cooperation issues at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the framework of the modernization of the Global Agreement, Mexico and the European Union (EU) held the fourth negotiation round on political and cooperation issues at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Amb. Carlos de Icaza, Undersecretary of Foreign Relations, headed the Mexican Delegation, while the European Delegation was presided by Amb. Edita Hrdá, Managing Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service (EEAS)and Chief Negotiator for the EU. Amb. Agustín García Lopez, Executive Director of the Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (Amexcid), and Ms. Jolita Butkeviciene, Director for Latin America of the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) of the European Commission also took part.

Mexico’s Foreign Minister, Dr. Luis Videgaray Caso, welcomed the European Union’s Chief Negotiator, Amb. Edita Hrdá. During their meeting, the Foreign Minister thanked Amb. Hrdá for the various aid offerings the European Union made to Mexico after the earthquakes of September 7th and September 19th, of humanitarian and emergency support, including €550,000 for the most affected communities and a cooperation program for the reconstruction phase.

The negotiators held three working sessions, in which they exchanged opinions and texts about various political and cooperation issues that both Parties want to include in the legally binding document that results from this process. Substantial progress was reached on political dialogue, corruption, migration, world drug problem, money laundering, disaster risk management, sustainable development, environment, climate change and gender equality, among others. 

We have reached an agreement on most issues, which will allow us to fulfil the objective of finalising the negotiations on political and cooperation matters by the end of 2017.

Today, it is clear that actors with both common interests and values, such as Mexico and the European Union, must join forces to face the shared challenges that the international scene brings about. Together we will be better positioned to defend multilateralism, combat protectionism and climate change and ensure a better future for our societies. 

The imminent conclusion of this agreement will allow us to reach a closer, broader and at the same time deeper political dialogue. Regarding cooperation, we would have consolidated tools to work better together. Finally, with regards to the economic issues, we will have the instruments to reach a greater understanding ofour economies, exploit their full potential and adapt adequately to the new realities of trade and capital flows in the global scene. 

Both Parties agreed to hold their fifth negotiation round on political and cooperation issues next November, in Brussels.

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