Saturday, March 15, 2008

Nicaragua, Costa Rica vow to boost cooperation

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (L) shakes hands with Costa Rica's President Oscar Arias during a meeting in Managua March 14, 2008. REUTERS/Oswaldo RivasManagua, Nicaragua (Xinhua) - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his Costa Rican counterpart Oscar Arias signed Friday a joint declaration to reaffirm their willingness to boost cooperation.

The event took place at the closing ceremony of a Nicaraguan-Costa Rican joint commission meeting starting from Thursday.

Nicaragua and Costa Rica will further reinforce their cooperation in economy, trade, tourism and especially in environmental protection, according to the declaration.

The two countries plan to build a wildlife protection passage, linking their respective protection zones with the aim to safeguard their natural and cultural resources and fight the smuggling of endangered wildlife.

They will also cement tourism cooperation by simplifying the visa application process and installing new check points at the border.

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