UNITED NATIONS – Mexico thanked the United Nations on Thursday for the “countless displays of solidarity” it has received in the wake of the recent powerful and deadly earthquake and the “countless expressions of sympathy and support.”
“Friends make themselves present in tough times,” said Mexican Foreign Minister in an address to the UN General Assembly.
Mexico’s top diplomat said that the support received from the world community reconfirms that his country “has sincere friends throughout the world.”
Videgaray said that Tuesday’s earthquake had killed at least 273 – although in Mexico authorities are using the figure 253 – caused numerous buildings to collapse and injured “many” people in the capital and other parts of central Mexico, adding that 51 people had been rescued alive from beneath the rubble of fallen structures.
He expressed gratitude for the assistance offered by the UN to help Mexico deal with the tragedy and noted that rescue teams from Honduras, El Salvador, Israel, the US, Panama, Spain and Chile are currently working in the affected areas and teams are expected to arrive from Ecuador, Japan, Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica.
“We Mexicans will not forget it,” said Videgaray.
“To be at the UN in the aftermath of a natural disaster is to be among family,” he added in another part of his speech.
In his message, Videgaray also spoke about the “process of North American integration” and his desire for the region to establish itself as “the most competitive in the world.”
And he took advantage of his speech to express his solidarity “with all Mexicans living in the United States, without regard to their immigration status.”
“The Mexican government has the moral and legal obligation to protect them and support them,” Videgaray said.
“We will continue defending their rights and advocating for their causes,” he added.