This is the first high-level meeting between Mexico and Myanmar in four decades of diplomatic relations, reflecting Mexico’s interest in achieving rapprochement with a Southeast Asian country undergoing a period of major political and economic changes.

President Peña Nieto congratulated the Minister on the progress of the democratization process in her country, as well as its economic outlook.

In particular, he welcomed the Peace Conference held last August in Myanmar, highlighting the positive effect it will have on the peace process and national reconciliation in that country.

Aung San Suu Kyi is an international symbol of peaceful struggle and a key figure in the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar. Throughout her tireless work on behalf of democracy, she has received broad international support.

In 1991, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Aung San Suu Kyi leads the efforts to establish dialogue, cooperation and reconciliation between military and civil society leaders, together with political and economic actors, to achieve peace in this country.

She has been an important voice for human rights, an emblematic defender of the struggle for democratization as a result of which she has received several international awards. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

Mexico and Myanmar established diplomatic relations in October 1976. The governments of both countries have concurrently accredited ambassadors, Mexico from its resident Embassy in Singapore and Myanmar through its Permanent Mission at the United Nations.

Myanmar is one of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a key space in Mexico’s strategy to achieve rapprochement with the Asia-Pacific region.