The United States and Mexico signed an agreement to promote student exchanges and increase educational opportunities for young people from both countries, the Mexican Education Secretariat said.

The agreement, which covers educational cooperation over the next two years, was signed Tuesday by Mexican Education Secretary Jose Angel Cordova.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan had signed the agreement on Nov. 8, the secretariat said in a statement.

Cordova said during the signing ceremony, which was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne, that the agreement covered programs to support Mexicans living in the United States, as well as those returning to Mexico, since many of them speak Spanish.

The agreement simplifies the paperwork that must be filed by students, the U.S. Embassy said. EFE