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Mexico and Cuba Bet on Broadening Cooperation
The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, received his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro Ruz, who is in Merida - the capital city of the state of Yucatan - on an official visit to this sister nation. There, Mexican and Cuban governments adopted several documents and programs aimed at broadening the fields of bilateral cooperation, which are concrete results of the state visit there by Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz.

During the meeting the two leaders attended the signing of agreements and instruments that strengthen cooperation in such fields as education, tourism, fisheries, and migration between the diplomatic academies of the two countries, according to the program released by the Mexican presidency.

The two presidents witnessed the ceremony during which officials from the two countries signed five cooperation agreements, adding to those adopted in November, 2013 as part of the strengthening of bilateral relations.

Mexico and Cuba adopted now a memorandum of understanding to secure a legal, ordered, safe migration flow between the two countries.

President Pena Nieto said this legal instrument will contribute to fight people trafficking, as well as other migration-related crimes.

Another memorandum was signed in Merida about academic collaboration between the Foreign Ministries, as well as a tourist cooperation program for 2016-2017.

The intention is to share the best experiences and promote the flow of tourists between Mexican and Cuban destinations.

The two countries also assumed a cooperation program in the field of fishing, a letter of intent for technical collaboration in basic education, in the fight against illiteracy and in sports development.

Those agreements reinforce the legal framework of the bilateral relations and reflect the firm political willingness to continue taking cooperation in different fields to higher levels to benefit our peoples, stated President Raul Castro.

"We have committed our officials to work so that the legal instruments reinforce and strengthen the bilateral relations," said the Mexican president.

The Cuban leader arrived in the morning, accompanied by the heads of the Foreign Affairs, Economic Cooperation, Foreign Investment, Education and the Food Industry.

On the Mexican side Secretaries of the Interior, Foreign Affairs, Economy, Education, Tourism and the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food are present. In the emblematic building of the state government, in the Zocalo Merida, Cuban President reviewed the battalion ceremonies of the Mexican armed forces, which honored him.

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