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(PRESS RELEASE) — On the 17th of May, 1979, Mexico and Saint Lucia established diplomatic relations, soon after the Helen of the West attained its independence.
The 40th anniversary of the beginning of that friendship is an opportunity which allows us to recognize the achievements accomplished from a relation based on dialogue and cooperation.
Today Saint Lucia is one of Mexico’s main partners in the Caribbean. Both countries, as Caribbean nations, share a common geography, democratic convictions, and development aspirations, as well as the same challenges.
The past 40 years has allowed us to strengthen our relations, particularly in terms of positive political dialogue, and to find coincidences in regional and international forums, as well as in the promotion of development cooperation.
This historic 40-year milestone of diplomatic relations is a testament to the continued closeness and solidarity that have existed between the two nations, particularly in various areas of development cooperation, such as the fields of education, agriculture, personal development and infrastructure.
Mexico’s commitment to the strengthening of the bilateral relations and our common values is evidenced in the recent donation of funds by the Government of Mexico for the construction of the Dennery North Water Supply Project, the granting of scholarships to Saint Lucian students to pursue Masters and Doctoral degrees in Mexican academic institutions and the execution of technical workshops, geared towards the further enhancement of the agricultural sector.
On this important occasion, Mexico expresses its willingness to further enhance its collaboration with Saint Lucia, to promote the closely shared values and interests between the two countries, and wishes prosperity and success to the people of Saint Lucia.