The foreign ministers of Mexico and Venezuela agreed Thursday in a telephone conversation to cooperate to clarify last week's destruction of a Mexican-registered plane in the Andean nation.

Mexico's Jose Antonio Meade and Venezuelan counterpart Elias Jaua agreed to "exchange information and cooperate to thoroughly clarify the facts," the respective foreign ministries said in a joint communique.

The twin-engine Hawker was forced to land on the night of Nov. 4 as it was flying over Venezuelan territory.

Once on the ground, the plane's occupants abandoned the aircraft, which was later destroyed by Venezuelan soldiers.

Since then, Mexico has been asking for answers in the case.

During Thursday's conversation, Meade said that the two nations should deal with the region's challenges "from the point of view of cooperation."

Jaua confirmed that he will give Mexico "all the materials in the possession of the Venezuelan government with the aim of contributing to the process of investigating this incident."

The Venezuelan ambassador to Mexico, Hugo Jose Garcia, was summoned on Monday to the Mexican foreign ministry to discuss the matter.

Venezuela informed Mexico that the aircraft entered its airspace "without the proper authorization," that it was pursued for 40 minutes without acknowledging the radio calls from the authorities and that later it landed on a clandestine airstrip and no trace of the crew was found.

Although Caracas has not officially informed Mexico of the cargo that was on board the aircraft, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said last Sunday that the plane was "full of cocaine."

The Hawker took off from the airport at Queretaro, Mexico, on Nov. 4 en route to the Caribbean island of Bonaire with seven people on board, including the pilot and copilot.

At Bonaire, four of those people disembarked and the fifth passenger took off four hours later with the two pilots after filing a flight plan for La Ceiba, Honduras. EFE