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Mexico and Canada celebrate 80 years of diplomatic relations

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico and Canada are celebrating 80 years of diplomatic relations. Head of the North American Unit, Roberto Velasco Álvarez and the Canadian Ambassador to Mexico, Graeme C. Clark, celebrated the historic milestone.

Together with Mexican state and federal authorities and Canadian provincial authorities, they commemorated eight decades of diplomatic relations, accompanied by fundamental actors from the private sector, academia and representatives of civil society.

Velasco Álvarez conveyed greetings and congratulations from Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena Ibarra and recalled that this year, other milestones will also celebrated, including 50 years of the establishment of the Temporary Agricultural Workers Program (PTAT) and 20 years of the Mexico Alliance -Canada (AMC).

The multiple bilateral mechanisms allow both nations to strengthen political dialogue in the face of the growth of trade, investment and mobility between the two countries.

“This relationship has enormous potential that will provide excellent news in the coming years. Let’s take advantage of this moment to celebrate, to continue working together so that this relationship continues to be a global example of friendship and the great society we have built,” he said.

Ambassador Graeme C. Clark said that beyond the anniversary, “the great community of values that unites Canada with its Mexican friends and partners is worth celebrating.”

The 80th anniversary of the relationship comes at a great bilateral moment reflected in the multiple coincidences between our governments. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlined an agenda for the future of the relationship in the document “Towards a shared future between Mexico and Canada,” announced in January 2023.

This text outlines common priorities including the rights of indigenous peoples, inclusion and diversity, the promotion of gender equality, the fight against climate change, the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and security in the hemisphere.

In particular, a great point of convergence between both countries is the Feminist Foreign Policy.

Both countries say there will be more shared celebrations in 2024. Photo: SRE January 30, 2024.

During the event, the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, was also present along with the Governor of Aguascalientes, María Teresa Jiménez Esquivel and the Minister of Agriculture of Ontario, Canada, Lisa Thompson.

This event begins a year of various activities that will reflect the depth and strength of the friendly relationship that unites Mexico and Canada as continental partners in the most prosperous region in the world and their willingness to continue working together towards a shared future.