Prime Minister Turnbull highlighted Australian entrepreneurs’ interest in investing and developing in Mexico, especially in the area of urban infrastructure.

• They discussed various issues of common interest, prior to the start of the 23rd APEC Leaders’ Meeting.

• President Peña Nieto invited him to pay an official visit to Mexico.

President Enrique Peña Nieto met today with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, before the beginning of the 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ meeting, being held in this city.

The Mexican president and the Australian prime minister discussed various issues of common interest.

President Peña Nieto said that in Mexico, “We are working to increase educational and cultural exchanges with Australia," and enable Mexican workers to travel to that country and reside there.”

He said geographic distance is not a constraint as there are many different points of contact between the two nations. "We must plan a route and a work schedule to find more opportunities for trade, and economic and investment exchange," he added.

The Mexican president stressed the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), to which Mexico and Australia belong, adding that this will, “Make a significant contribution to strengthening economic and commercial ties between the countries comprising it.”

He said that within MIKTA, an economic bloc formed by Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia, Mexico has drawn up a working plan with those nations in order to achieve greater growth, and thereby generate greater well-being for their societies.

President Peña Nieto invited the Australian prime minister to pay an official visit to Mexico.

For his part, Malcolm Turnbull said his country is prepared, “To pay more attention to Latin America, especially Mexico.”

He congratulated President Peña Nieto on the structural reforms undertaken and carried out in Mexico. Prime Minister Turnbull highlighted Australian entrepreneurs’ interest in investing and developing in Mexico, especially in the area of urban infrastructure.

At the meeting, the Mexican president was accompanied by Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Minister of Economy; Carlos A. de Icaza, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs; and Francisco de Rosenzweig, Assistant Minister for Foreign Trade.

Australia’s Prime Minister was accompanied by Peter Varghese, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Tony Parkinson, Director of Strategy; and Frances Adamson, Advisor in International Affairs.