Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mexican Ambassador Camarena-Villasenor presents credentials to President Mori

On August 25, 2014, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Manny Mori received Mr. Julio Camarena-Villasenor who presented his Letters of Credence from President Enrique Pena Nieto accrediting him as Ambassador of the United Mexican States to the FSM.

President Mori welcomed Ambassador Camarena-Villasenor to the FSM and expressed his appreciation for the shared interest in keeping a strong relationship between the FSM and the Mexican States.

Ambassador Camarena-Villasenor thanked President Mori for accepting him and expressed his country’s readiness to connect FSM and Mexico together in diverse ways that will further solidify diplomatic ties between the two nations.  

Among an array of interests discussed, the Ambassador highlighted Mexico’s willingness to waive visa requirements for FSM citizens traveling to Mexico as a way of deepening interactions. President Mori welcomed this prospect and said the FSM should reciprocate this offer.

The two officials also touched upon Mexico’s experience of economic success with the Ambassador sharing insights on his country’s interest in boosting air transportation services to the Asian region through Micronesia to maintain strengths in its tourism sector.

President Mori pointed out that air transportation has been an outstanding challenge for his country, which can catalyze economic growth once resolved. In this connection, he encouraged collaboration to make this interest an eventual reality with benefits for both partners.

Ambassador Camarena-Villasenor also spoke of education opportunities for FSM college students, which will require the knowledge of Spanish language. He also offered as an option training of FSM young professionals in foreign services as well as training opportunities in agriculture and tourism trades.

In concluding the ceremony, President Mori asked the Ambassador to convey his regards to President Enrique Pena Nieto and said the FSM will continue to collaborate with Mexico in the international arena. He also stressed his desire for Mexico to partner strongly with the FSM in climate change matters as the most critical and urgent challenge of modern times.

The Ambassador had served as the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for Management, Budget and Legal Affairs. He had been a professor in Political Science and International Law at the International University of Mexico. Aside from speaking Spanish and English, the Ambassador also speaks French and Italian. The new appointed Ambassador replaced Tomas Javier Calvillo Unna who served the FSM since January 2012. 

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