• .We obviously have certain differences with the next government of the United States, such as the wall, which Mexico of course will not pay for, he said.
  • We will work to have a good relationship with the United States and its president, a relationship that is good for Mexico and good for Mexicans, he said.
  • The world will see Mexico as a country that, with boldness and pragmatism, favors dialogue and understanding to achieve concrete benefits for Mexicans, he said.
  • With the United States we will promote an open, comprehensive negotiation. All the issues that define our bilateral relationship are on the table, including security, migration and trade, he said.
  • We will defend domestic and foreign investment in Mexico. We reject any attempt to influence companies’ investment decisions through fear or threats, he said.

As he led the 28th Meeting of Mexican Ambassadors and Consuls, President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that in the new stage of bilateral relations with the United States of America, “At no time will we accept anything against our dignity as a nation, or our dignity as Mexicans”.

“The basic principles such as our sovereignty, national interest and protection of our citizens are non-negotiable,” he said.

He said that, “We obviously have some differences with the next government of the United States, such as the wall, which Mexico of course will not pay for, he said.

At the event, held in the Treasury Hall of the National Palace, the president noted that, “The world looks at Mexico to see how we will meet our challenges and leverage our advantages. This is what defines how we are seen abroad”.

”The world looks at Mexico and Mexicans, which is why we must use our historical and cultural heritage, our geographical position and natural resources, the spirit and skills of our people to promote development, achieve the coexistence of respect for freedoms and rights and act with global responsibility,” he added.

”So, and it must be said openly, the world recognized our country because of the structural reforms which, together, we achieved and are now implementing. Today the world acknowledges Mexico for that capacity for change, for its determination to change and evolve,” he said.

THE WORLD IS WAITING TO SEE HOW WE RESPOND TO NEW CHALLENGES: LEAVING BEHIND AN OLD SCHEME TO DETERMINE THE PRICE OF GASOLINE, AND BEGINNING A NEW STAGE IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES

The president said that now, “The world is also waiting to see how we react to two new challenges: leaving behind an old scheme to determine gas prices and beginning a new stage in our relations with the United States”.

As for gasoline prices, he said, “The world is watching to see how we approach a difficult and unpopular decision but at the same time one that cannot be postponed. It is also a process that many countries have already undergone, so there is a special understanding of the magnitude of the challenge”.

”In unity, we and only we, respecting the plurality and diversity of opinions that characterize us, must be able to overcome differences to protect everything we have built through years of work and decades of effort,” he said.

He said that a second challenge, “Of much greater significance and complexity than the gas price increase is the start of a new stage of bilateral relations with the United States. The world will see Mexico as a country that, with boldness and pragmatism, favors dialogue and understanding to achieve concrete benefits for Mexicans”.

“We will promote open, comprehensive negotiation. All the  issues that define our bilateral relationship are on the table, including security, migration and trade,” he said.

“I can assure you that we will work to have a good relationship with the United States and its president, a relationship that is good for Mexico and good for Mexicans,” he added.

President Peña Nieto declared: “We will defend domestic and foreign investment in Mexico. We will ensure that Mexico remains a reliable, attractive destination for investment”.

He noted that specifically in this area, “There must be clear rules to ensure the continued flow of capital in the region”.

“We reject any attempt to influence companies’ investment decisions through fear or threats,” he said.

OBJECTIVES OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES

The president said that for Mexico, any negotiations with the United States should include the following objectives:

"The United States must make a commitment to work in a jointly responsible way to stop illegal arms trafficking from the US to Mexico, and curb the flow of illicit money received by criminal organizations in our country. We must ensure that any repatriation of undocumented persons continues in an orderly and coordinated manner, ensuring humane treatment and respect for the rights of Mexican migrants,” he said.

”Both countries have a shared responsibility for the increasing flow of undocumented aliens crossing Mexican territory in their attempt to reach the United States. This creates migratory pressures for our northern neighbor, and challenges for Mexico, as borne out by the presence of about 4,500 Haitian migrants in this country,” he said.

He noted that, “Mexico will seek to increase investment in infrastructure and technology to make our borders more secure, modern and efficient. This will further facilitate bilateral trade and reduce waiting times at border crossings”.

 “And in particular. we must maintain the free flow of remittances from our fellow countrymen in the United States, which totaled more than $24 billion dollars by November of last year. These resources determine the livelihoods of millions of Mexican families, especially low-income ones,” he added.

The president that with regard to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), “We will seek agreements that will provide certainty for investment and trade between Mexico, Canada and the United States, and ensure that this uncertainty extends to companies that have chosen our country as an investment and production destination and export platform”.

He explained that, “We must also reach agreements to protect existing jobs, create new jobs and improve wages”.

He said the complementarity of production processes between the three countries comprising the NAFTA region is one of our greatest strengths. "Therefore, we will work to continue the system of free trade and productive integration among the three countries in the region and to strengthen the competitiveness of North America, with full respect for international trade rules”.

He said that in addition, “We must modernize our trade framework to include new sectors such as telecommunications, energy and e-commerce”.

“I repeat. We will negotiate with confidence in our strengths and practicality, always promoting the interests of Mexico and Mexicans,” he said.

RELATIONS WITH OTHER REGIONS

President Peña Nieto said that in addition to being North Americans, “We are a proud nation closely linked to Latin America and the Caribbean”.

 “In the region, especially in Central America, we will strengthen our presence as a proactive player on issues of common interest such as development, economic integration, migration and security. Mexico will deepen its ties with countries with which we had not had the best relations, for which there are now opportunities such as Argentina and Brazil. We will also continue to build concrete achievements with the nations comprising the Pacific Alliance,” he explained.

He added that our country will pay special attention to Europe, “A continent where we are valued as a reliable partner and ally in a broad agenda of issues, and give priority to updating the Mexico-European Union Free Trade Agreement.

”In an international environment that questions the effectiveness of globalization to generate wealth in our societies, for the European Union and Mexico it is a priority conclude these negotiations quickly; our goal is to achieve this in the next 12 months,” he said.

He noted that, “Asia-Pacific is the most dynamic economic region in the world and a central point in our strategy for economic and political diversification. It is home to six countries in the Group of 20 and five of our top ten trading partners: China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan”.

In the Middle East, he continued, “We will capitalize on the historic state visit I made in to the Arabian Peninsula in 2016, which in the case of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, was the first by a Mexican head of state. We will leverage the cooperation agreements and commercial contracts made to attract investment from the sovereign funds of those countries, so that Mexican companies can access the region’s markets”.

With Africa, he said, “We do not yet have the level of rapprochement corresponding to the potential of our relations, and it is essential to project ourselves as an actor with global responsibility”.

He stressed that, “Within the constraints imposed by the Economic Austerity Program, we must find innovative ways to increase our presence and opportunities for trade, investment and cooperation”.

At the multilateral level, he said that, “Mexico will take advantage of opportunities to strengthen global governance", and reported that this year Mexico will host the General Assembly of the Organization of American States.

“At this forum, we will promote conditions for the organization to promote the construction of a safe, peaceful hemisphere. In migratory issues, the foundations must be laid for the Global Pact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration; and as regards human rights we will continue to encourage a policy of openness to international observation, which far from weakening us, gives us strength and prestige,” he said.

President Peña Nieto welcomed Secretary Luis Videgaray, “Who has provided proof of his vocation of service to Mexico and has my full support to fulfill the lofty mission with which he has been entrusted”.

He also expressed his appreciation and thanks, “To former Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu, who with particular talent brought her talent and professionalism to her position as Foreign Affairs Secretary”.

THE CAPACITY, TALENT AND EXPERIENCE OF THOSE COMPRISING THE FOREIGN SERVICE ARE ONE OF THE STRENGTHS FOR ADDRESSING MEXICO’S CHALLENGES IN THE WORLD: LUIS VIDEGARAY

Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso said that Mexico faces many challenges in the world, yet, "one of the great strengths we have is the ability, talent, experience of the men and women in the Mexican Foreign Service and national diplomacy”.

He recalled that the first meeting of Ambassadors and Consuls was held in 1990, and said that, “Something 1990 with 2017 have in common is that they are years where there have been events challenge the paradigms of international coexistence”.

He said that in 1989 the Berlin Wall fell, creating a new geopolitical reality; and now, in 2016, political events in Europe, the UK and of course the United States, also imply that we are entering a period of change”.

He explained that the 28th Meeting of Ambassadors and Consuls has been extraordinarily productive, because work reports were submitted describing our goals, and providing an assessment of where we are, where we have challenges, and above all where we have opportunities.

Thus, he added, "we have agreed on some specific objectives to strengthen our position among the various negotiations Mexico will face”.