Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and Mexican counterpart Patricia Espinosa on Wednesday signed several cooperation agreements, among them one to share cultural centers and consulates.

A cooperation accord between the Mexican foreign ministry and Spain's Cervantes Institute was the most significant of the documents to be signed.

"By virtue of this agreement, we will jointly have at our disposal the 77 centers of the Cervantes Institute, on the Spanish side, and on the Mexican side the 10 cultural institutes abroad, 22 cultural centers and nothing less than 50 consulates in the United States," Garcia-Margallo said.

The accord will be broadened to the Mexican Academy of Language, "which is ... clear proof that brand Spain has a cultural content of enormous magnitude," he added.

Espinosa also noted the "great relevance" of the agreement which emphasizes "the willingness of Mexico to place at Spain's disposal the Mexican presence, something that has been advancing over time, but this is a decisive step."

She noted that Spain already supports Mexico in places where the latter does not have diplomatic representation, as in some African countries.

The accords signed Wednesday will nourish bilateral relations, which both countries already describe as being very close.

"Economic, trade and investment relations between Mexico and Spain find themselves at the best moment in their history. There are no precedents for a better time, and this is due - in large measure - to the fact that our economies complement each other and offer great and varied opportunities to both parties," Espinosa said.

She recalled that Mexico is Spain's top trade partner in Latin America, while Spain is the main investor in Mexico and its second-largest trade partner within the European Union."

Garcia-Margallo and his Mexican counterpart also agreed to greater cooperation between police and immigration authorities in the two countries to help resolve the problem of expulsions of Mexican tourists at Spanish airports.

"There will be a close cooperation between the Spanish and Mexican immigration services so that it is resolved in the shortest time possible," Spain's top diplomat said.

Espinosa thanked Garcia-Margallo for his "willingness and sensitivity" on this question and ruled out any move by Mexico to adopt measures against Spanish tourists in response to the expulsions of Mexicans.

"We receive Spaniards who come to Mexico with open arms," she said. EFE