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Estonian Foreign Minister and Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade on Visit to Mexico Together With Entrepreneurs

09.05.2013

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At his meeting in Mexico City with Mexican Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia would like to intensify its political, economic, and cultural ties with Mexico, one of the countries in the G20.

The Estonian foreign minister is on a visit to Mexico with Finnish Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb and a delegation of Estonian and Finnish entrepreneurs. “Mexico, with a population of over 100 million and a position among the world’s leading industrial countries, offers many opportunities for co-operation,” noted the Estonian foreign minister. “That is the goal of our visit here together with entrepreneurs. The last Estonian business delegation visited Mexico in 1995,” said Paet. He added that a Mexican business delegation is welcome to come visit Estonia.

Soon an agreement between Estonia and Mexico for the prevention of double taxation will come into force.

Paet said that Estonian IT companies have very good experiences with working in Mexico. “Today Regio’s location-based solutions are already in use in Mexico, and hopefully many of our other innovative e-solutions will come here soon as well, such as e-health applications,” said Paet. “We are prepared to share our experiences with Mexico and introduce our solutions in many other areas as well,” he added.

At their meeting, the ministers spoke about political consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries. “Next we are expecting a Mexican delegation in Estonia for consultations,” Paet stated. The ministers agreed that prior to the next round of consultations in Tallinn, e-diplomacy would be implemented.

According to Paet, Estonia would like to appoint additional honorary consuls in Mexico. “We have concrete plans to appoint honorary consuls in Tampico and Cancun in the near future,” said Paet. The Estonian honorary consul general in Mexico is Claude Le Brun.

While talking about bilateral cultural relations, they recalled the wonderful reception of the concerts of Arvo Pärt’s music performed in Mexico in October of last year. “Film-related co-operation has also intensified—last year a special programme of Mexican films was part of the programme of the Black Nights Film Festival,” Paet noted.

During their meeting, Paet also expressed his condolences for the loved ones of those lost and injured in the tragic gas tanker explosion that took place in the suburbs of Mexico City. At least 24 were killed and almost 40 injured when a gas tanker exploded early in the morning on 8 May.

The Estonian and Mexican foreign ministers also discussed co-operation in the UN, the UN Human Rights Council, and reciprocally supporting each other’s candidatures.

During the trilateral meeting of ministers Paet, Stubb and Meade Kuribreña, they discussed Mexico’s relations with the European Union and the situation in the Latin American region. They also talked about the format that unites the world’s top industrial nations, the G20. “Mexico is also an important partner to Estonia as a supporter of international free trade,” Paet added.

Foreign Minister Paet and Minister Stubb also spoke at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico). Paet spoke to the students about the European Union’s future developments and Estonia’s role in them.

Today Paet and Stubb will open a Mexican-Estonian-Finnish business seminar and meet with Mexico’s minister of economic affairs.


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