Marcelo Ebrard, the Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE) of Mexico, attended a meeting with the vice president and minister of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, held in the historic Palacio de San Carlos.
According to the agency’s official statement, said meeting pivot around security collaboration and combat arms trafficking, mainly.
However, topics such as the fight against the health and economic consequences of COVID-19, the construction of health self-sufficiency for the region and the shared path in science and technology issues.
One of the topics of great relevance within the meeting was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Establishment of the High Level Security Group (GANSEG); in this, it will seek to trace paths to combat transnational organized crime.
In this context, Marcelo Ebrard assured that these are two important nations with a strong growth in tourism, and in foreign investment, but the downturn in the production of narcoseries, sometimes makes it difficult to bring the confidence of the traveler.
“The only difficulty we have sometimes is that there are too many drug series about us, but we are two great countries, two great civilizations, and we are going to show that what I am saying, translates into trusting the Colombian and Mexican traveler”, he said in a message to the media from Bogotá.
Despite this, the Mexican foreign minister assured that there are important projects around tourism, as well as in matters of consultation, with the aim of guaranteeing dignified and respectful treatment for fellow citizens.
Due to the above, explained the authorities, it will be installed “a pre-check system that allows confirming the data of tourists Colombians prior to their trip to our country, to avoid non-admissions.”
It is not a Visa, according to the statement, rather, it is a method to expedite the admissions of hundreds of tourists, since Mexico is the second most frequent destination for Colombians.
Regarding the GANSEG, the president warned that it is a step towards the institutionalization of bilateral cooperation and the exchange of good practices in the matter. The issues of arms trafficking were specified, where the Mexican vice president offered local support and experience.
In this context, Marta Lucía Ramírez thanked Mexico for its support in the United Nations Security Council to advance the work of the United Nations Special Mission in Colombia; with this initiative, seeks build trust between the actors involved in the peace process
Topics such as Science, Technology, cultural, sports and educational issues, among other topics with the aim of potentiating each of them for the benefit of both societies.
In addition to Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, there were also the ambassador of Mexico in Colombia, Alejandro García Moreno Y the general director of American Regional Organizations and Mechanisms, Efraín Guadarrama Pérez.
On the part of Colombia, the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia, María Ximena Lombana, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Andrés Cárdenas.
The meeting took place within the framework of the foreign minister’s visit to Colombia to participate in the XXIV Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Pacific Alliance; and the commemoration of the 200 years of Colombia’s recognition of Mexico’s independence.