Claudia Ruiz Massieu, head of the Foreign Relations Secretariat (SRE), stressed the “total, open, public and convincing commitment” of the Canadian government to eliminate visas for Mexicans, after meeting with the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion.
“I had the opportunity to say that it is very important for Mexicans to bring to fruition the commitment repeatedly expressed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,” said Ruiz Massieu in an interview.
“Mr. Dion categorically confirmed that visas for Mexicans will be eliminated and they expect that to happen very soon. Their commitment is total and profound. I’m very pleased that Canadians have publicly con rmed this commitment,” she added.
Ruiz Massieu was interviewed as part of the trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of North America, which was held Saturday in Quebec City, in eastern Canada.
Ruiz Massieu, Dion and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held bilateral and trilateral meetings in order to strengthen the North American region and make it more competitive.
During this meeting, Ruiz Massieu addressed Dion on the subject of the visa imposed on Mexicans in July 2009 by the previous conservative Canadian government. Dion later confirmed that visas will be eliminated for Mexicans.
“The fact that Dion himself made this commitment publicly confirms his will to fulfill it. This takes matters to a whole different level. I’m happy with this answer. Now we can follow up the issue through our new ambassador to Canada, Agustín García-López,” said Ruiz Massieu.
She also commented on the progress and tasks that resulted from the meeting with Kerry and Dion on issues such as climate change, energy, security and global issues.
“We want our three countries to work together for greater labor and academic mobility, allowing citizens of North America to do internships in any other country. This will strengthen us as a region. We also have to listen to the demands from the market. The energy, aerospace and innovation sectors need more human capital, so that it reflects our strengths,” she said.
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