Dominican Republic to Join SICA

After being accepted by the current members, another year is required for the country to become a full member of the Central American Integration System.

Friday, June 28, 2013

"There is a political will that the Dominican Republic be integrated as fast as possible" as a full member of the Central American Integration System (SICA), as it currently is an observer, said the Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo.

According to the official, "we must resolve some legal points. Looking at the recent experience of Panama, which is the newest full member, the process took a year and it could be similar for the Dominican Republic. "

For his part, Dominican Foreign Minister Carlos Morales said has verbally requested that his country be fully integrated into SICA, which will be formalized in writing next week. "The brotherhood, fraternal bonds, culture and commerce," are some of the reasons the country wishes to deepen its relationship with Central America.

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