Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard Meets with UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab
Press Release SRE No. 264
August 8th, 2019
Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard met today in Mexico City with the Secretary of State for and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, Dominic Raab, after which he hosted a lunch attended by Economy Secretary Graciela Márquez. Secretary Raab is in Mexico on his first tour of North America, two weeks after being appointed to his current post.
Foreign Secretary Ebrard and Secretary Raab signed a "Partnership for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth," renewing the desire of both governments to continue strengthening the positive and upward trend seen in all aspects of the bilateral relationship. They agreed to take a long-term view while aligning projects and programs with their respective priorities, which include social welfare and equality, regional development, strengthening multilateralism and climate change.
Secretary Raab voiced the UK's support for the Comprehensive Development Plan in Central America, and Foreign Secretary Ebrard stressed the Mexican government's interest in triangular cooperation projects. The two secretaries also agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation, and the United Kingdom confirmed it would invest up to 250 million pounds in programs in Mexico from 2019-2023. It will also continue to offer Mexicans up to 60 Chevening scholarships every year for postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom.
Foreign Secretary Ebrard, Secretary Márquez and Secretary Raab agreed on the importance of continuing to promote an ambitious trade relationship conducted on a free-trade basis. They agreed to work to minimize any gap in preferential trade terms as the UK continues the process of leaving the European Union.
The United Kingdom is Mexico's 8th-ranked global investor and its 18th-ranked trading partner. In 2018, it ranked first among the European countries for tourism to Mexico and third, worldwide. The meeting was the 21st meeting between Mexico and the United Kingdom for political consultations.