• The two leaders endorsed the commitment of both governments to strengthening the bonds of friendship, political dialogue, economic exchanges and cooperation to benefit Mexican and Romanian societies.

President Enrique Peña Nieto met today with the Prime Minister of Romania, Victor Ponta, who is in Mexico on the occasion of the Open Government Partnership Global Summit, held in Mexico City.

• The two leaders endorsed the commitment of both governments to strengthening the bonds of friendship, political dialogue, economic exchanges and cooperation to benefit Mexican and Romanian societies.

During the meeting, held at the National Palace, President Peña Nieto told Prime Minister Ponta of his government’s pleasure at the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Romania. He welcomed the actions carried out by both embassies to celebrate the anniversary: “They express the cultural wealth of the two countries and promote mutual knowledge and understanding.”

The president took the opportunity to recognize the geographical importance of Romania as a strategic member of the European Union in the Black Sea region.

He said that in the context of updating the Mexico-European Union Global Agreement, the Mexican government is following the European Commission’s process for the Council to issue a negotiating mandate. He stressed Mexico’s interest to having Romania’s support in this process.

For his part, the Prime Minister of Romania offered to begin negotiations to update the bilateral legal framework and strengthen the strategic relationship between the two countries.

He declared that his visit to Mexico will help initiate a more active stage in bilateral relations. He congratulated President Peña Nieto and the Mexican government on the sweeping reforms promoted by the Federal Government.

The two leaders pledged to expedite the analysis and exchange of information on the agreements still under negotiation in tourism and extradition, and hailed the dynamism of the cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the fields of education and culture.

During the meeting, the two leaders welcomed the increase in bilateral trade, where business opportunities have arisen in the automotive, energy and information technology sectors. They emphasized the trade between the Romanian company Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP) and Petróleos Mexicanos.