• They began a new era of bilateral relations.
• This is Prime Minister Trudeau’s first meeting with a head of state.
• Justin Trudeau repeated that he has instructed his cabinet to achieve the eventual elimination of visas for Mexicans wishing to visit his country.
• They are seeking to hold the next North American Leaders' Summit to continue building the most dynamic, competitive region in the world.
• The meeting was held within the framework of the Mexican President’s activities at the G20 Leaders’ Summit.
President Enrique Peña Nieto met with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau in Antalya, Turkey within the framework of the Group of 20 Leaders’ Summit. The meeting with President Pena Nieto was the first the Prime Minister of Canada has held with a head of state, thereby confirming the importance the new Canadian government attaches to relations with Mexico.
The two leaders agreed that this meeting marks the beginning of a new era in bilateral relations. In this regard, Prime Minister Trudeau once again thanked President Peña Nieto for being the first president to congratulate him after his victory in the general elections.
They discussed Justin Trudeau’s campaign commitment regarding the review of a possible elimination of the visa requirement for Mexicans entering Canada. The Prime Minister told President Enrique Peña Nieto that he has issued instructions to both the Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to review the policy.
The president said that we will undertake a working agenda with Justin Trudeau, “With a similar scope to the one we have already established” in order to relaunch political dialogue and strengthen the commercial partnership.
President Peña Nieto added that, “The arrival of the new Prime Minister of Canada offers a unique opportunity to embark on the route towards the construction of new avenues to broaden and expand relations between Mexico and Canada.”
They also agreed to promote the celebration of an upcoming North American Summit to be hosted by Canada.
The two leaders exchanged views on the status of certain priority issues, such as the TPP and free trade for the development of both countries, the fight against climate change in light of the celebration of COP 21 in Paris and the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the world drug problem in April 2016.
It should be recalled that on 20 October, when he congratulated Justin Trudeau on his election victory, President Enrique Peña Nieto and the new Prime Minister of Canada agreed to promote the strategic nature of bilateral relations within the context of North America and agreed that the objective of their respective governments is to improve living conditions and prosperity of the people of both countries.
After 70 years of bilateral relations, Mexico and Canada have built a strategic partnership based on the principles of convergence, coincidence, and complementarity.
Canada is Mexico’s third largest trading partner and its fourth largest source of foreign direct investment.
The Mexican community residing in Canada is the second largest abroad, totaling 96,000; while over 60,000 Canadians live in Mexico permanently. Nearly two million tourists from Canada visited Mexico in 2014 alone, making Canada the second source of tourists traveling to our country.