CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña was due to arrive in Saint Lucia on Friday as part of a Caribbean tour to promote the upcoming sixth summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and to further deepen bilateral ties between Mexico and Saint Lucia, the OECS and the CARICOM region.
José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Minister of External Relations of Mexico
Mexico has had long historic ties with Saint Lucia and just recently a new Mexican ambassador was appointed to Saint Lucia, following delivery of Mexican ‘green houses’ and other ongoing assistance to the island.
The new Mexican ambassador to Saint Lucia, Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, said his foreign minister’s visit will not only promote Saint Lucia’s attendance at the ACS summit, to be hosted by his government in Mexico at the end of April, but will also promote preparation for the third Mexico-CARICOM summit, also to be held on the sidelines of the ACS summit in the city of Merida in Yucatan on the last two days of April.
The Mexican foreign affairs minister’s visit to Saint Lucia follows his country’s adoption of its largest political, economic and social reform package in recent history and Mexico is now in the middle of refreshing its external relations in various regions of the world, including the Caribbean.
Before arriving in Saint Lucia, the minister visited Dominica on Thursday and will fly next to neighbouring St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Meanwhile, the Mexican foreign affairs minister says his country wishes to give renewed vigour and impulse to its Caribbean relations.
According to Meade Kuribreña, “At this point, Mexico wants to give renewed impulse to its relations with the countries of the Caribbean -- a meeting point between different cultures and traditions and our third border.”
He added, “It is also a geostrategic region with enormous economic potential where Mexico wants to express its solidarity as an actor with global responsibility, through cooperation.”
Mexico assumed the presidency of the ACS in 2013 and, according to its foreign affairs minister, “From that position, Mexico has promoted actions in priority areas to this region through cooperation in areas such as risk management against natural disasters, improving transport and interconnection, and activities to promote tourism as an engine of development of our societies.”
He added, “The challenges we face in the Caribbean are important, but promoting dialogue, enhancing our complementarities and facing together common challenges will help us generate prosperity.”
In this regard, he said, “It will be a privilege for Mexico and for our President Enrique Peña Nieto to receive the leaders of Saint Lucia, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and the other Caribbean nations, on April 29 and 30 in the city of Merida, Yucatan,” which he described as “a linking state between our nations.”