Envoy reiterates Mexico’s support for Palestine’s right to self determination

Ambassador discusses Mexican foreign policy at CSS lecture

Mexican Ambassador to Jordan Roberto Rodriguez-Hernandez (center left) on Tuesday delivered a lecture on Mexico’s foreign policy at the University of Jordan’s Center for Strategic Studies. (Photo: Jor
Mexican Ambassador to Jordan Roberto Rodriguez-Hernandez (center left) on Tuesday delivered a lecture on Mexico’s foreign policy at the University of Jordan’s Center for Strategic Studies. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Mexican ambassador to Jordan, Roberto Rodriguez-Hernandez, on Tuesday delivered a lecture on Mexico’s foreign policy at the University of Jordan’s (UJ) Center for Strategic Studies (CSS).اضافة اعلان

The lecture, titled “Foreign Policy of Mexico: Principles and Practices,” was attended by a group of researchers, students and professors of international relations at the UJ.

According to the ambassador, the principles Mexican foreign policy include self-determination, non-intervention, peaceful conflict resolution, recognition of the independence of states and international cooperation, among others.

The ambassador said that the creation of different states after World War II did not solve all the problems; to the contrary, several problems were created because “they were just thinking of drawing lines” rather than considering a lot of different regional elements and factors.

Mexico does have a kind of “a war situation" when it comes to belonging to North, Central, or Latin America, according to the diplomat.

“It seems that it is just an academic classification, but it is not because we were part of Spain, we were a colony of Spain and just 200 years ago we got our independence,” he added.

“…We faced a lot of challenges, like several invasions, several occupations, and different kinds of problems with countries, not just from Europe, but specifically with the United States of America,” said Hernandez.

“During the 18th century, we had different kinds of crises and war with the US, and because of that we lost at least half of our territory … this marks the best principles that lead our foreign policy; non-intervention, self-determination and peaceful solutions of the international conflicts,” Hernandez elaborated.

The ambassador compared the conflict Mexico is having with its neighbor, the US, and that Israel is having with Middle Eastern countries, reflecting a number of ongoing similar issues like safety and water.

Despite the fact that Mexico observes the principle of non-intervention in order to maintain the countries best interest, Hernandez noted, it did intervene in Nicaragua, as it did in Cuba, to support both countries’ self-determination right against the US.

“In fact, talking about our foreign policy, we still apply the same principles. Regarding the Middle East region, obviously, we did support all the time self-determination of Palestine. We support any resolutions from the United Nations relating to peaceful solutions recognizing the two states; Palestine and Israel,” he added.

The ambassador condemned any kind of violence or violation against the people of Gaza and the West Bank, as well as the disproportionate use of force against any of the sides.

Hernandez also highlighted the similarities between Mexico and Jordan’s policies. He recalled the Arab Spring some ten years ago, when Jordan took the opportunity to introduce legislative and structural reforms.

He noted that many governments across the world have made such transformations towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims at achieving different goals, such as the recognition of human rights, gender equality, and the reduction of poverty.

The ambassador commended universities and institutions, including the CSS, for conducting studies on what to be done after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he suggested that such studies should focus on what to be done during the pandemic, because its end is not yet in sight.

For his part, Professor Zaid Eyadat, director of CSS, said that although people think that the Middle East is far away from Latin America, both regions are “very close in terms of culture, history, and politics,” as 10 percent of the Spanish language dictionary is from Arabic background, and more than 15 percent of Latin America’s population is from Arab descent.

“At the school of international studies at UJ, we established a quasi-establishment of a center of Latin American Studies back in 2012 — it was supposed to be the leading center on understanding the culture of Latin America and the bridge between Arab countries and Latin America,” he said. “Then we have established the Council on Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (CARLAC),” Eyadat added.

“I hope this lecture will be an invitation to revive all these advances, focusing first on a research project on Latin America to be hosted and housed at the center and then reviving the Latin American Center and CARLAC,” the CSS director said.

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