Ivory Coast–Mexico relations

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Ivory Coast–Mexico relations
Map indicating locations of Ivory Coast and Mexico

Ivory Coast


Ivory Coast–Mexico relations refers to the diplomatic relations between Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) and Mexico.


Ivorian Foreign Minister Simeon Aké attending the North–South Summit in Cancun on behalf of Ivorian President Félix Houphouët-Boigny; 1981

Diplomatic relations between Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) and Mexico were established on 13 November 1975.[1][2] In 1981, Ivory Coast opened an embassy in Mexico, however, the embassy was closed in 1991 for financial reasons.[2] In October 1989 an Agreement of Educational and Cultural Cooperation was signed between both nations.[2] In March 2002, Ivorian Foreign Minister Aboudramane Sangaré paid a visit to Mexico to attend the International Conference on Financing for Development Summit in Monterrey.[3] In 2004, Ivory Coast re-opened its embassy in Mexico.[2]

Relations between both nations became limited during the First Ivorian Civil War (2002-2004) and Second Ivorian Civil War (2010-2011). In 2009, Mexico was a non-remanent member of the United Nations Security Council and was responsible for enforcing and maintaining the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1572 on an arms embargo to Ivory Coast.[1] In May 2008, two Mexican senators paid a visit to Ivory Coast and meet with Ivorian Parliamentarians and with President Laurent Gbagbo.[1]

In February 2016, the National Autonomous University of Mexico bestowed the "UNESCO-UNAM Jaime Torres Bodet International Award" to Ivorian poet and novelist Bernard Binlin Dadié for his modern literature of the African continent.[4] In May 2019, Ivorian Foreign Minister Marcel Amon-Tanoh paid a visit to Mexico and met with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard. During the visit, both nations stressed the importance of strengthening bilateral political dialogue.[5]

Bilateral agreements[edit]

Both nations have signed bilateral agreements such as a Memorandum of Understanding for the Establishment of a Mechanism of Consultation in Matters of Mutual Interest (1999); Agreement on Educational and Cultural Cooperation (1999) and a Memorandum of Understanding in Academic Collaboration between both nations Ministries of Foreign Affairs.[6]


In 2017, trade between Ivory Coast and Mexico totaled $100.7 million USD.[7] Ivory Coast's main exports to Mexico include: cacao, nuts and almonds. Mexico's main export to Ivory Coast is petroleum.[1] In November 2014, a bilateral reunion between members of the Mexican Senate and the Ivorian Ambassador was held to discuss ways to increase economic and trade cooperation between both nations.[8] Mexican multinational company Sukarne operates in Ivory Coast.[9]

Resident diplomatic missions[edit]