Mexican embassy opens

 18 Oct 2015 - 1:58

Mexican embassy opens
Francisco Niembro Mexican Ambassador (fifth right) cuts a cake with Ambassador Ibrahim Yousif Abdullah Fakhro (fourth left), Director, Department of Protocol, Foreign Ministry,  and Ambassador Zayed bin Rashid Al Mansour Al Nuaimi (fifth left), Director, Department of American Affairs, and  other guests to mark the opening of the embassy on Thursday. Abdul Basit

By Feyza Gumusluoglu
Doha: Mexico has officially opened its embassy in Qatar. 
It hosted a reception to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Qatar and celebrate the official opening. The reception was attended by several ambassadors and diplomats. 
In his opening remarks, Mexican Ambassador Francisco Niembro said Qatar and Mexico have experienced an important progress in 40 years, having had official visits and have signed many agreements. 
“But we were not at the point that we wanted, we needed to be closer to really achieve the potential between the two countries,”  he said.
Last March, the foreign ministers of both countries signed in Doha a letter on opening their embassies. Since then, high-level meetings and official and business delegations visiting both countries brought a new rhythm to the relationship between the two.
Niembro said: “The unprecedented visits of Emir H E Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to Mexico next month, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to Qatar in January 2016 will set the goals for relations over the next years.”
Diplomatic relations between Qatar and Mexico were established in the 1970s. Mexico has embassies and offices in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Morocco and Algeria in the Middle East.
There are more than 400 Mexicans living in Qatar.

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