Ivory Coast–Mexico relations

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

Ivory Coast

Mexico

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

History[edit]

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]

Trade[edit]

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]

References[edit]