Delegations from the two countries reasserted their visions for areas such as human rights and international law and stressed that they had long been allies within both the western hemisphere and the international arena as a whole.

Alejandro Solano Ortiz, Costa Rica’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with his Canadian counterpart, David Morrison, Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas to renew relations, political dialogue, and cooperation between their two nations, Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (link in Spanish) announced.

The meeting took place on April 19, 2016, and included a review of the varied agenda of regional and multilateral matters that are of interest to the two countries, including the Organization of American States (OAS) and activities related to the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Pacific Alliance, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Freedom Online Coalition.

Costa Rica and Canada also made public their willingness to continue working together to expand trade relations, promote investment, and exchange positions on visa issues.

The two delegations reiterated the importance of carrying out high-level visits and transforming such political consultations into reality in Canada in the short term.

They also restated their commitment to the negotiations on climate change within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Costa Rica expressed its interest in working with Canada to strengthen regional cooperation on climate change and environmental projects.

It is worth noting that Costa Rica has had an FTA with Canada since 2001.