Chairperson Receives the Credentials of the First Permanent Observer of Mexico to the African Union
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 18, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping, received in his office at the AU Headquarters on Friday, 15 June 2012, the credentials of H.E. Mr. Juan Alfredo Miranda Ortiz, the first Permanent Observer of the United Mexican States (Mexico) to the African Union.
Welcoming Ambassador Miranda, the Chairperson stated that the African Union is pleased to establish formal diplomatic relations with Mexico and commended Mexico for hosting the 7th Summit of the G-20, which is scheduled to take place in Los Cabos, Mexico, from 18-19 June 2012.
The Chairperson described Mexico as an emerging world power and invited Mexican entrepreneurs to invest in Africa. “Africa is a market of over one billion inhabitants and we should work together to strengthen our ties of cooperation, especially in the areas of culture, trade and investment,” Dr. Ping stated.
On his part, Ambassador Alfredo Miranda expressed Mexico’s appreciation for the work of the African Union and extended to the Chairperson warm greetings from the President of Mexico, H.E. Mr. Felipe Calderon, and the Foreign Minister, H.E. Madam Patricia Espinosa Cantellano.
The Ambassador affirmed the availability of the Mexican Government to cooperate with the African Union and AU Member States and share Mexico’s experience with Africa, especially in the areas of culture, education and technology.
He expressed the full support of the Government of Mexico to the AU’s efforts to restore and maintain peace and security throughout the African Continent.
The Chairperson briefed the Ambassador on recent developments in Somalia, Mali, Guinea Bissau and Sudan/South Sudan, and thanked the Mexican Government for its expression of support for the AU’s peacekeeping efforts.
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