Establishment of a Permanent Mechanism of Political Dialogue and Cooperation between the CELAC and the Republic of India
- The ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and External Affairs Minister of the Republic of India gathered in New York, during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, on September 22, 2016.
- Recalling the intention expressed on several occasions by the Republic of India during the first meeting of CELAC-India Foreign Ministers Troika held on 7 August, 2012 and its subsequent meetings and at the India-CELAC Quartet Ministerial Meeting on 24th September, 2015 in New York and by CELAC, in their summits and ministerial meetings.
- Recalling the Joint Statement issued on the first India-CELAC Troika Foreign Ministers Meeting, and reiterating to strengthen cooperation in areas of common interest, intensify political dialogue and promote mutually beneficial relations including the creation of a permanent mechanism in order to contribute to the development of the region.
- Determined to continue to strengthen the ties between CELAC and India in a framework of respect and adherence to the rules and principles of International law and the Charter of the United Nations.
- Decide to establish a permanent mechanism of political dialogue and cooperation, denominated “CELAC – India Mechanism”, which:
(i) Will be based on the principles of equality, comprehensive cooperation and mutual benefit, free from any conditionality, with participation on voluntary basis and will aim to deepen and diversify the cooperation between CELAC and the Republic of India. It will also engage in a productive political dialogue, leading towards realization of a ‘Strategic Partnership’.
(ii) To this end, CELAC and India will work together;
- To promote political dialogue with the purpose to contribute to a transparent, democratic, just and equitable international order that guarantees peace and security as well as the strengthening of multilateralism, enhancing the role of developing countries, hold discussions on regional issues and international challenges.
- To foster the growth and diversification of trade to promote the exchange of products and services with more added value and biregional investments in areas such as the pharmaceutical industry, tourism, agriculture, mining, energy, among others.
- To promote the establishment of cooperation programs and exchange of successful experiences in areas of mutual interest such as science & technology, culture, education and climate change, among others established by the parties, that contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequality as well as sustainable development of both regions on the basis of South-South Cooperation.
- In this context, support will be prioritized towards the most vulnerable countries of the region, particularly Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States and landlock States considering, among others, their concerns regarding the effects of climate change.
- Recognize that the establishment of this mechanism will contribute to the use of the wide range of possibilities offered by the relationship between CELAC and the Republic of India.
- Agree to hold meetings of Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Agenda, dates and locations of the said meetings will be previously agreed upon between CELAC & Republic of India, in conformity with the consensus reached by the entire community of the CELAC on this issue.
- Based on the agreements reached, the holding of meetings at the Summit Level of the Republic of India and CELAC may be agreed upon.
New York, September 22, 2016