St Lucia and Mexico celebrates 42 years of diplomat relations

The Saint Lucia island is celebrating 42 years of diplomatic relations with Mexico. On 17 May, in the year 1979, Saint Lucia officially established diplomatic relations with Mexico.

Saint Lucia: The Saint Lucia island is celebrating 42 years of diplomatic relations with Mexico. On 17 May, in the year 1979, Saint Lucia officially established diplomatic relations with Mexico.

On celebrating 42 years of diplomatic ties with Mexico, the prime minister of Saint Lucia – Allen Chastanet, stated, “Since 1979, we have developed a deep friendship based on mutual respect and trust.”

He further thanked Mexico for always being a support to the island and asserted, “From education to infrastructure, Mexico has been an integral part of our development and has also been a country whose interests mirrors ours on critically important issues such as hemispheric stability and climate change. Thank you, Mexico.”

Both the countries are members of the – Association of Caribbean States, Organization of American States and the United Nations, -UN. The Relations between both the countries have normally taken place in multilateral forums such as – the United Nations.

In the year 1981, St Lucia hosted the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States – OECS. In the year 2005, Mexico opened a resident embassy in Castries which is authorised to the – OECS, and other eastern Caribbean countries.

Mexico and St Lucia have signed a few bilateral agreements such as – an agreement for the Exchange of Information on Tax Matters in the year 2013, agreement of Cooperation in the Fields of Education, Culture, Youth, Physical Culture and Sports in the year 2014, and an agreement for the Technical and Scientific Co-operation.

Mexico mainly export material to St Lucia include – doors and windows, plastic plates and sheets, refrigerators and freezers, flat-screen televisions, and building stones. St Lucia’s main exports to Mexico include – optical devices, algae and aero-parts.

Saint Lucia’s main source of income is – tourism, accounting for – 65% of GDP – and the nations main source of foreign exchange earnings.