During Central American independence celebrations in Moscow this week, Guatemala's ambassador highlighted the region's achievements.
Central American nations looked to strengthen their ties with Russia during Central American independence celebrations held by Moscow. For the second consecutive year, Central American nations have formally attended diplomatic acts held by the Russian government.
Central America Invites Russian Investment and Diplomacy
During the commemorations, Guatemalan ambassador Estuardo Meneses Coronado spoke about regional integration, referring to the achievements of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and its relationship with Russia. SICA was founded in 1993 and is a political and economic organization of Central American States.
Meneses reiterated the regional body's invitation to Russia to join as an extra-regional observer of the Central American institution.
He also emphasized Central America's hopes to expand commercial opportunities and investment with Russia in areas such as education, health, science, technology, security, culture, tourism and the environment.
Similarly, he recognized the cooperation that Russia offers Central America through the Russian Training Center in Nicaragua for security forces. Russia also provides scholarships for Central Americans to study at the center.
Meneses acknowledged that the majority of SICA members have embassies in Moscow permitting reciprocal diplomatic relations.
SICA countries include Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Panama. Regional and extra-regional observer states include Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Haiti, Peru, Uruguay, United States, Taiwan, Spain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, South Korea, France, United Kingdom and the Vatican.
Russia and Honduras Sign Diplomatic Agreement
Meanwhile, Honduras signed a new agreement with Russia, allowing citizens of both countries to travel without visa for a period of 90 days (extendable to 180 days).
The Russian Foreign Relations Minister Serguei Lavrov and his Honduran counterpart Mireya Aguero signed the agreement during a meeting at the United Nations in New York on Friday.
Russia already has similar travel agreements with other South American countries such as Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Guayana and Panama. Russian president Vladimir Putin toured several Latin American nations this year including Nicaragua, to strengthen diplomatic relations with the region.