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Joint statement by the PACE President and the Speakers of the two chambers of the Mexican Congress

Marcela Guerra Castillo, Speaker of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies; Tiny Kox, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; Ana Lilia Rivera, Speaker of the Mexican Senate

Joint Statement by Mr Tiny Kox, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; Ms Ana Lilia Rivera, Speaker of the Mexican Senate; and Ms Marcela Guerra Castillo, Speaker of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies:

15 November 2023

On the occasion of the official visit to Mexico by Mr Tiny Kox, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, on 14 and 15 November 2023, we discussed particularities of the relationship of Mexico with the Council of Europe and explored ways to strengthen it, including in its parliamentary dimension.

We reaffirm the importance of our shared values, which represent the foundation of our institutions: the unlimited protection of human rights, strict respect for the rule of law, and the strengthening of democracy.

We agreed that the relationship of Mexico with the Council of Europe, based on its Observer State status, needs to be cherished and nurtured.

We establish the convenience of Mexico’s Congress to renew its commitment with Council of Europe instruments and bodies and to provide the perspective and experience of its two Legislative Chambers to strengthen the work of the Organisation.

We emphasise Mexico’s clear commitment to further strengthen the measures aimed at combating violence against women by joining the Istanbul Convention in the near future.

We also reiterate our joint commitment to protecting children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, and preventing trafficking in human beings, for which the Council of Europe has a range of key legal instruments and best practices.

We reaffirm the message of the 4th Summit of the Council of Europe held in Reykjavik in May 2023, professing full support to Ukraine and its people, and we welcome the interest expressed by Mexico on that occasion in joining the Register of Damages Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

We agree on the importance of Mexico becoming the ambassador of the Council of Europe in Latin America, raising awareness of the Organisation’s values and standards, promoting them, and opening further possibilities of wider political dialogue on matters of common interest.

We reiterate our unfaltering support for multilateralism and emphasise the need to respect international law.

We declare that a stronger bond between the Council of Europe and Mexico, as well as other Latin American countries, will give further strength to human rights, democracy and rule of law as universal values which surpass geographical boundaries, and we reiterate our commitment to keep co-operating and working together in this direction.