Mexico calls for cooperation between LatAm, EU over Covid-10

Mexico City, Dec 15 : Mexico has called for cooperation between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU) to mitigate economic and social impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Monday, Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard, speaking on behalf of the region, urged the two sides to collaborate during a virtual Informal Meeting of Foreign Ministers from the region and the EU, reports Xinhua news agency.

“In the context of the post-Covid-19 recovery, and the strong negative impact of the pandemic on societies and economies, the foreign minister called on both regions to work together to promote a wide-ranging response that safeguards social progress and promotes inclusion,” Ebrard was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry.

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He reaffirmed his interest in promoting dialogue and cooperation between the two regions, and underscored their shared values, priorities and outlooks in the face of global challenges.

In 2020-2021, Mexico holds the rotating presidency of CELAC, a regional mechanism for dialogue and consensus that gathers the 33 Latin America and Caribbean countries.

On December 3 in a speech to the UN General Assembly, Ebrard noted that the economy of Latin America and the Caribbean will contract an estimated 9 per cent this year due to the pandemic, while poverty in the region is expected to increase by almost 38 per cent.

Monday’s meeting was co-chaired by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

Disclaimer: This story is auto-generated from IANS service.

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