Cérémonie officielle d'accueil au Mexique

  • 23/03/2009
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Mr President, Madame Zavala,

We, Princess Mathilde and I, are thoroughly delighted to visit your fascinating country.

Mexico and Belgium have been close for centuries.
Trade, cultural exchanges, scientific cooperation and intensive ties between Mexicans and Belgians, have brought us together.

We have come to Mexico accompanied by a substantial business delegation with a confident outlook about the future of our commercial and bilateral cooperation.

Mexico is a strong manufacturing and exporting country, and a major player in the world economy.
You show leadership among the group of emerging markets.
You are fully aware of the impact of the crisis on your economy and on your society as a whole.
Mexico understands the importance of equitable global trade, of financial stability and regulation, of responsible entrepreneurship.
You are actively working towards coordinated international measures to achieve these important goals.
Our world also faces challenges in other areas : poverty, injustice, organized crime. And let us not forget climate change.

You have yourself, Mr President, taken the lead on many of these important issues.
I look forward to discussing them with you, your government and Mexico?s business leaders.

No quisiera concluir sin enviar un caluroso saludo al pueblo mexicano, un saludo que traigo desde Bélgica y desde el corazón.

Porque México es un país cercano a nuestros corazones.

Un país cuyo patrimonio cultural admiramos profundamente.

Un país que nos ha conmovido por su cálida amistad y por su tan generosa bienvenida.

El mundo pasa por momentos difíciles, por eso es también el momento de estrechar nuestros lazos y nuestra amistad.
Deseamos construir vínculos sólidos entre nuestros países y nuestros pueblos.

La Princesa Mathilde y yo acudimos con entusiasmo a la que sin duda va a ser una visita fascinante. Muchas gracias.