The Mexican and Cuban governments signed eight cooperation agreements in different areas including tourism, trade, education and the environment, authorities said.

"What we've done today (Friday) I think has been to revive, strengthen, continue. We signed a series of legal instruments that are undoubtedly very important," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at the close of a keynote address he gave here at the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat, where he answered a question about the bilateral accords.

The instruments include a letter of intent on bilateral cooperation, an extradition treaty and a mutual legal assistance treaty in criminal matters.

The countries also broadened their economic complementarity agreement and Mexico expanded a credit line aimed at boosting exports to Cuba.

The governments also signed a cooperation agreement in the tourism area, another on the recognition and validation of higher education degrees and diplomas and a memorandum of understanding on the environment and natural resources.

Mexico's finance secretary also announced Friday that his country would pardon 70 percent of a $487 million debt load that Cuba has with Mexican state-owned bank and export credit agency Bancomext.

"We want to have a close relationship ... not only a friendly one between our peoples but so we can do things together in terms of economic exchanges," and therefore "it was important to resolve this situation, which was an obstacle" to bilateral ties, Luis Videgaray said. EFE