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Mexico City – The Foreign Relations Secretariat (SRE), Claudia Ruíz Massieu and Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, signed agreements on economic, political, educational, cultural, technical and scientific cooperation in the framework of the Third Meeting of the Mexico-Brazil Binational Commission held in Mexico.
The results of the work were presented to the SRE, Ruíz Massieu, and her Brazilian counterpart Mauro Vieira, signed the joint statement reflecting the agreements and commitments made after the visit to Mexico by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff in May 2015.
In her message, the head of the Mexican Foreign Secretary wished the best of success to Brazil in the organization and staging of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Río de Janeiro 2016, to which Mexico will send a large group of athletes.
They signed the Brazil-Mexico Academic Exchange Program between National Universities Association and the Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities.
They reiterated their commitment to continue working within the framework of existing mechanisms to address the Zika virus, tending to its health effects and preventing the spread or the virus.
In the political field, the two countries agreed to strengthen the Bilateral Consular Coordination and to celebrate in October the first meeting of the technical commission to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants and people.
In addition, Mexico and Brazil signed cooperation agreements between competent authorities against drug trafficking, drug and related crimes.
“This meeting confirms the will of Mexico and Brazil to continue promoting a bilateral agenda to deepen our relations in the political, cultural, academic and in the field of cooperation,” said Ruíz Massieu.
In economic news, negotiations saw positive developments to broaden and deepen the Economic Complementation Agreement 53 (ACE53), to conclude the process of mutual recognition of tequila and rum, emblematic drinks highlighted in each country.
Also announced was the future signing of the Agreement on Cooperation and Mutual Administrative Assistance in customs matters, which will streamline the flow of goods between nations.
In the cultural and educational spheres, the Cultural Cooperation Program 2016-2018 was adopted, which will develop and promote exchange activities in visual arts, music, film, theater, literature and design, and the signing of the Brazil-Mexico Academic Exchange Program between the National Universities Association and the Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities.
Besides agreeing Cooperation Program of 2016-2018 which will include sectors such as environment, energy, agriculture and social development, the Memorandum of Understanding for the Implementation of Technical Cooperation Activities in Third World Countries, which will strengthen the technical cooperation with other developing countries.