Mexico–Slovenia relations

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Mexico–Slovenia relations
Map indicating locations of Mexico and Slovenia

Mexico

Slovenia

Mexico–Slovenia relations refers to foreign relations between Mexico and Slovenia. Both nations are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations.

History[edit]

Mexico was the first Latin American country to recognize the newly independent Slovenia on 22 May 1992. Diplomatic relations were established on the same day when former Slovenian President Milan Kučan and former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari exchanged official letters.[1][2]

In 1998, Slovenian Ambassador, Dimitrij Rupel, declared that there are deep bilateral relations between his country and Mexico, and that Slovenia will support Mexico in any international forum, since Mexico is part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which provides opportunities to increase commerce and investments between Slovenia and North America.[3]

In August 2003, both nations participated in the Mixed Commission for Cooperation in the fields of Education and Culture. Both sides underlined that the session of the Mixed Commission presented a good opportunity for the establishment of foundations for mutual relations in the fields of education, science, culture and sport, as well as for reflection on the role of international co-operation as a factor for social change and as an essential means for the realisation of global and sustainable development of countries. To this end, the signatories started a programme of cooperation for the period 2003 to 2007, in which the two countries agreed on mutual collaboration in the fields of primary, secondary, post-secondary and higher education; scholarship and residential exchange programmes.[4]

Bilateral visits[edit]

High-level visits from Mexico to Slovenia[1]

High-level visits from Slovenia to Mexico[2][5]

In May 2006, former Mexican President Vicente Fox met with former Slovene Prime Minister Janez Janša in Vienna, where both leaders were attending the IV Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union Summit.[1]

Trade[edit]

In 1997, Mexico signed a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union (which includes Slovenia). In 2014, two-way trade between both nations amounted to $124 million USD.[6] Mexico's exports to Slovenia include: chemicals, automobile parts, tequila and beer; while Slovenia's main exports to Mexico include: automobile and machinery parts and computer wires.[6]

Non-resident diplomatic missions[edit]

References[edit]