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Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017. 9:43 a.m. CST.

By Zoila Palma: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has accepted Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s invitation to co-chair the IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit, to be held in Belize City, on October 25.

Pena Nieto’s participation aims to consolidate the progress of the III CARICOM – Mexico Summit (Merida, Yucatan, April 2014) and endorse Mexico’s recognition of the importance of cooperation with the Caribbean in matters of security, migration, climate change mitigation and prevention of natural disasters.

The main theme of the summit will be cooperation for the prevention of and treatment of natural disasters, an area in which Mexico has great experience and institutional capacity.

The participation of Peña Nieto in the IV CARICOM-México summit will also strengthen diplomatic relations with Belize.

This will be his first visit and will coincide with the recent 35-year anniversary celebration of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Due to geographic proximity, the bilateral relationship is important not only in foreign policy, but also in the areas of national security and development cooperation.

Mexico is Belize’s first trading partner in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the second worldwide.

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