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Mexico offers solidarity with Canada in the face of ongoing forest fires

Mexico City, Mexico — The Government of Mexico expresses its solidarity in the face of the forest fires burning across Canada.

The almost eighty-year bilateral relationship between Mexico and Canada has always been characterized by deep ties of friendship and constant support. Following up on the long tradition of collaboration in the fight against forest fires between both countries, the Government of Mexico expresses its solidarity with that nation in the face of this difficult situation that, in addition to impacting forest resources, is affecting the lives and health of thousands of people in North America.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates its commitment to continue the collaboration between the competent authorities of the two countries, through the Memorandum of Understanding for the Exchange of Resources for the Management of Forest Fires, framed in the Forest Working Group of the Alliance Mexico-Canada.

This mechanism, as on previous occasions, will allow Mexico to send contingents of fire fighters from the National Forestry Commission (Conafor) in order to reinforce the actions undertaken by the Canadian Government in this area.

The Government of Mexico has begun a local recruitment of forest firefighters for international deployment.
Photo: Government of Mexico (Conafor) June 12, 2023.

Likewise, Mexico highlights the regional commitment made during the last editions of the Summit of North American Leaders (CLAN) to combat climate change through mechanisms that allow us to act in coordination in times of crisis.

The actions of the Government of Mexico in the matter and the repeated support for fighting forest fires reaffirm our commitment to the region to collaborate in safeguarding the safety of our communities and building safer and more sustainable societies.

Canada is going through one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in its history. The authorities of that country foresee that the month of June will be above the average in terms of the severity of the fires

On Monday, the Government of Mexico began a campaign to recruit forest firefighters for international deployment. In the past, Mexico has sent forest firefighters to Canada to help battle fires.