Peña Nieto visit Costa Rica to Strengthen Ties

Costa Rica News -T he president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto arrived in Costa Rica this week, in order to strengthen the relationship with China and also with the rest of Central America during a meeting with regional leaders.

Peña Nieto will meet privately with the president Laura Chinchilla, and talks include delegations of both parties, reported the Costa Rican Presidential House.

Among the topics expected to be addressed are rules are trade, the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, as well as other aspects related to cooperation and integration in Central America.

Peña Nieto also will meet with the President of the Legislative Assembly, Victor Emilio Granados, and will also be awarded the National Order of Juan Mora Fernandez in grade Grand Cross Gold Plate

On Wednesday, Peña Nieto will attend a special summit of presidents of the Central American Integration System (SICA), a body which holds rotating presidency Costa Rica in the first half of 2013.

One of the issues to be discussed at the summit is to advance proposals to seek a renewal and strengthening of the institutions of SICA.

Chinchilla said earlier this week that in the meeting with the Mexican president will also address “the redefinition of relations between Mexico and Central America.”

They consider “what will be the mechanism that will define the new Mexican administration in its relations with Central America, what is expected of Mexico and Central America” according to the Costa Rican president.

Prior to his departure from Costa Rica on Wednesday, Peña Nieto received the keys to the city of San Jose from the mayor, Johnny Araya.

In 1994, Costa Rica and Mexico signed a Free Trade Agreement and since 2009 a strategic partnership agreement, to deepen its political, trade, investment, cooperation and coordination of common positions on issues.

Costa Rica is the fourth largest trading partner of Mexico in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the first Central American and Mexican companies’ investments in Costa Rica totaling $ 1.5 billion, according to the Costa Rican government.

Both countries maintain a portfolio of 29 projects of cooperation in areas such as agricultural development, environment, sustainable tourism, competitiveness and social welfare and public safety.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose Costa Rica

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