· Accompanied by the Head of the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ana Paola Barbosa, he announced that the president will travel to those countries from April 9-14.

· In Germany, the president will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and in Denmark, with Queen Margrethe II.

At a joint press conference with Ana Paola Barbosa, Head of the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Coordinator of Social Communication of the President’s Office and Government Spokesman Eduardo Sánchez Hernández announced that President Enrique Peña Nieto will pay state visits to Germany and Denmark, from April  9 to 14 April, adding that this constitutes an opportunity for Mexico to open up new areas of cooperation in investment, energy, health, education, culture and tourism as well as science and technology.

At the official residence of Los Pinos, he stated that, “The result of both state visits will translate into better and greater opportunities for Mexicans in employment, culture, education and trade.”

He explained that Mexico always evokes images of culture, joy and youth, and, “Today we want to see the whole picture: a successful, open nation with great opportunities.”

He noted that, “There are no frontiers Mexico is not overcoming," and therefore, “In this upcoming tour, President Enrique Peña Nieto will take the opportunity to confirm this.”

He explained that strategic partnerships with other nations make it possible for Mexico to be recognized in the world as a strong, reliable and vigorous country,” and that, “The transformation of the country and the dialogue promoted by President Enrique Peña Nieto with other nations has opened up new opportunities for Mexicans’ well-being. Today, Mexico is different and better.”

WE WANT THERE TO BE MORE MEXICO IN GERMANY AND MORE GERMANY IN MEXICO

He explained that the Mexican president’s state visit to Germany on April 11 and 12, during which he will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, will make it possible to transition from an already positive relationship to a genuine strategic partnership, called Alliance for the Future, which has its roots in the past and its momentum in the present. ”With this partnership we are building a strong relationship with one of the most prosperous nations in the world, which will bear fruit for decades,” he declared.

He declared that this will be the first state visit that President Enrique Peña Nieto will make to Germany and the fifth meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel. He will also meet for the first time with President of Germany Joachim Gauck to launch the Dual Mexico-Germany Year, an initiative to promote better understanding between the two nations through artistic, scientific and gastronomic activities with a view to strengthening links between the two countries.

Sánchez Hernández declared that the Dual Mexico-Germany Year will give greater visibility to our country in cultural, academic and scientific matters, and allow both companies to get to know and appreciate each other more. “We want there to be more Mexico in Germany and more Germany in Mexico,” he said.

He said that Germany is Mexico’s largest trading partner among the European Union countries and its fifth largest worldwide. A reflection of this, he said, is that there are 1,835 companies with German investment, which create 120,000 direct jobs in our country. “Trade has been an extraordinary bond, but it is only one link. We want there to be more and better reasons for Mexico and Germany to be linked by a strong chain of successful agreements,” he said.

FIRST VISIT BY A MEXICAN REPRESENTATIVE TO DENMARK

Meanwhile, in Denmark, where he will be on April 13 and 14, on what will be the first visit by a Mexican president, President Enrique Peña Nieto will participate in new spaces for dialogue that will boost economic interaction and cooperation with that nation, which offers enormous facilities for doing business.

“This tour will be very productive for Mexico, since Denmark is a global leader in health, renewable energy, innovation and education. Of all the Nordic countries, Denmark has made the most direct investment in Mexico. It has made the 8th largest investment in Mexico of all the European Union countries and the sixteenth largest worldwide," he said.

Eduardo Sánchez said that there are 218 Danish companies in Mexico, mainly in the manufacturing, construction and transport industries.

“Although trade between the two countries has increased, the fact is that much remains to be done for them to get to know each other better. Dialogue will be the key that will open the door to a closer, lasting relationship with Denmark,” he said.

In Denmark, he said, President Enrique Peña Nieto will meet with the royal family, headed by Queen Margrethe II, who has expressed her admiration for Mexico and Prime Minister Pia Kiesgord.

President Peña Nieto will participate in business meetings and bilateral instruments will be signed in trade, education, energy and health, among other issues.