High-level Costa Rican and Mexican officials are meeting in San Jose to find ways to bolster trade and political relations, the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry said.

The delegations, led by Costa Rican acting Foreign Minister Carlos Roverssi and Mexican Under Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean Ruben Beltran, began two days of talks on Monday.

"The work of the binational meeting includes a modernization of the trade agreement, as well as political, economic, financial, technical cooperation, scientific, educational and cultural matters," the Foreign Ministry said.

Costa Rica and Mexico enjoy "the most solid of ties," Roverssi said, noting that the meeting is being held ahead of President Laura Chinchilla's visit to Mexico later this month.

Bilateral relations "are in an excellent state," Beltran said.

Costa Rica "is Mexico's most important trading partner" in Central America, Beltran said, adding that the two countries agreed on many bilateral, regional and multilateral policy issues.