• The president officially welcomes Matteo Renzi at the National Palace.

• Italy is Mexico’s third largest trading partner in the European Union.  

• Until very recently, trade between the two countries stood at less than one billion dollars. Today, the energy sector, where there has been great interest by Italian companies, is expected to attract over two billion dollars in investment between 2016 and 2017, declared the Mexican president. 

• He announced that as of next June, direct flights between Italy and Mexico will be re-established through Alitalia. 

• Following their meeting, the president of Mexico hosted a luncheon in honor of the Italian prime minister, in the reception hall of the National Palace. 

• Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidency has given Mexico great strength: Matteo Renzi. 

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto today received Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, currently on an official visit, at the National Palace. 

In a press statement, the Mexican president said that Italy is Mexico’s third largest trading partner in the European Union. 

He added that, “Until very recently, trade between the two countries stood at less than one billion dollars. Today, the energy sector, where there has been great interest by Italian companies, is expected to attract over two billion dollars in investment between 2016 and 2017.” 

He added that, “If we add that of Pirelli, which has pledged 600 million USD for 2017, this shows how reciprocal investment is growing and also helping to create jobs in both countries.” 

President Peña Nieto announced that as of next June, direct flights between Italy and Mexico will be re-established through Alitalia. “We are working to make this flight permanent, so that it will improve connectivity between the two countries and encourage tourism, trade and business relations between the two countries,” he said. 

The Mexican president said that, “Mexico is undergoing a process of transformation by implementing structural reforms. Italy is doing exactly the same.” 

He hailed the sweeping changes implemented by the Italian government in areas such as education, public administration and taxation. 

Afterwards, President Peña Nieto hosted a dinner in honor of the Italian prime minister in the reception hall of the National Palace, where they were accompanied by their respective delegations. 

RENZI HIGHLIGHTS THE MEXICAN PRESIDENT’S COURAGE IN IMPLEMENTING REFORMS AND DECLARES THAT PRESIDENT EPN HAS GIVEN MEXICO GREAT STRENGTH 

For his part, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi congratulated President Enrique Peña Nieto on his government’s bravery in driving the reforms that are already underway. 

“Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidency has given Mexico great strength, and I realize when I'm with him at the G20 that we agree over certain UN initiatives,” he said. 

He added that Mexico, “Is a country that is extremely important on the international stage, and I would like to think that together we can take these values to the rest of the world.” 

He said that at a time when some are still thinking about building walls, “The only way to conquer fear is to make reforms, show credibility and do what Enrique has done these past few years.” 

Saying that economic, cultural, and political initiatives regarding climate change and the United Nations Security Council are welcome, he called for, “Mexico and Italy to spread our joy for life, our enthusiasm, and the idea that politics requires courage not just fear.”

He told President Peña Nieto: “I am very grateful for your leadership and friendship. And I am sure that together, our delegations will work to strengthen the partnership between Mexico and Italy.”

He noted that the present, “Is a very important moment, a moment when there is a great need for collaboration and partnership.” He added that, “The attention we will be trying to pay each other in the coming weeks and months is essential.”

He added that President Sergio Mattarella and the Minister of Tourism will be visiting Mexico in the coming months as a result of the first Alitalia flight from Rome to Mexico City.

He said that this flight opens up the possibility for tourists from both countries to travel directly between the two destinations, and will also be a very positive factor for scientific exchanges, business and cultural exchanges.