Netherlands pushing human rights issues in Mexico

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Foreign Minister Bert Koenders and his Mexican counterpart Jose Meade after their meeting in Mexico City (Picture: Twitter/@minbuza). Foreign Minister Bert Koenders and his Mexican counterpart Jose Meade after their meeting in Mexico City (Picture: Twitter/@minbuza)

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs pushed for an improvement on human rights in Mexico during his visit to the the  South American country. He discussed this with his Mexican counterpart Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribrena as well as with the representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Javier Hernandez. 

"Mexico is an important ally for the Netherlands in the field of human rights. Through the United Nations we both put in effort on improving the human rights situation world wide." Koenders said in Mexico City after a meeting with Meade.. "At the same time, Mexico has problems in the field of impunity, violence against women and corruption. These are serious problems on which Minister Meade has been addressed."

Koenders also discussed the good economic relationship between the two countries during the talks. "The Netherlands is the second largest investor in Mexico and there are many opportunities for Dutch companies." Koenders expressed his intention to start cooperation in the field of Business and Human Rights.

The Minister wants the two countries to work more closely together. "Our countries are often in line" Koenders said. "Mexico is working with the Netherlands on disarmament and non-proliferation. Mexico also recently indicated that they want to contribute to UN peacekeeping missions in the future. This is a positive step."

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