· We are here giving new impetus and building a new stage in the relationship between Argentina and Mexico, to achieve greater development and social justice, and expand opportunities for the fulfillment of both peoples, he said.

· This can be achieved by taking advantage of the windows of opportunity provided by the global era, which we are working on to strengthen our democracies and be faithful defenders of human freedoms and human rights and combat the criminal organizations that cause so much damage to the coexistence in our societies, he said.

There is a political will by both governments to enrich, expand and further strengthen relations between Argentina and Mexico and Mexico and Argentina, he said.

· Argentina has embarked on a stage of change and dialogue with the world in which we hope Mexico will have a prominent place: Mauricio Macri.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that his state visit to Argentina, and the cooperation agreements achieved between the two nations within this framework have made it possible to relaunch bilateral relations.

“We are here today giving new impetus and building a new stage in relations between Argentina and Mexico”, he said.

After meeting at the Casa Rosada, the official residence of the Argentine president, Presidents Peña Nieto and Mauricio Macri issued a press statement, which the Mexican president said that Argentina and Mexico have a relationship that both governments wish to imbue with greater understanding and accompaniment by having a shared vision of the path our societies and our countries should take to achieve greater development and social justice, and expand the opportunities for fulfillment.

· This can be achieved by taking advantage of the windows of opportunity provided by the global era, which we are working on to strengthen our democracies and be faithful defenders of human freedoms and human rights and combat the criminal organizations that cause so much damage to the coexistence in our societies”.

He said that, “This is a vision shared by the governments of Argentina and Mexico today”. During this state visit, he added, “We must leverage this opportunity to relaunch the relationship, on the basis of the path we are now tracing, through the signing of various agreements on different issues”.

The Mexican president said that, “Since Argentina and Mexico are two of the leading economies in the Latin American region, we have a shared vision of the path we should take to continue building opportunities for development, justice and growth for our societies”.

“We have a shared vision. Both governments have the political will to enrich, expand and further strengthen relations between Argentina and Mexico and Mexico and Argentina”:

The Mexican president highlighted President Macri’s leadership and vision of change and transformation.

He said: "We know that every attempt to achieve transformation and positive change for our societies encounters resistance. It involves costs, but these are positive since they provide our societies with opportunities for further development”.

President Peña Nieto said that Mexico and Argentina are two of the leading economies in Latin America; they both belong to the G20, the group of 20 countries with the world’s most developed economies, and today, fortunately, the two countries, “Have found a shared vision of the direction we must take to achieve conditions of greater development for our societies”.

Before the press statement, the two leaders witnessed the signing of six of the 17 cooperation agreements reached within the framework of this state visit. President Peña Nieto stressed the review and expansion of the Economic Complementarity Agreement (ACE6) the two countries established 29 years ago, which “has not been touched or altered” since then.

He also highlighted the agreement to promote greater tourism between the two countries. "I am pleased to report that in the past year, the number of tourists from Argentina to Mexico has grown significantly: by 40 percent, meaning that 300,000 Argentine tourists have been in our country”:

The Mexican president announced that he has invited President Macri to visit Mexico and that the Argentine president promised to visit next year.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO’S STATE VISIT TO ARGENTINA COMES AT THE BEST POSSIBLE TIME: MAURICIO MACRI

For his part, President Mauricio Macri said that the Mexican president’s state visit, “Reflects the importance and enthusiasm of the Mexican people to establish closer relations with the Argentine people, which is obviously mutual”.

He explained that this is an important moment for Argentina, since it has, “Embarked on a stage of change and dialogue with the world in which we hope Mexico will have a prominent place”.

He explained that this process of change in Argentina has very clear objectives: "We want to work in an Argentina that is advancing towards zero poverty; an Argentina that is ready to combat and defeat drug trafficking, and in a united Argentina that is increasingly strengthening its institutional system, to achieve respect among all Argentines and respect for the world”.

“Since we know that we share these goals, this visit has come at the best possible time,” he said.

He said the agreements reached between the two countries are the starting point for relaunching relations between Mexico and Argentina.

"In this new stage we have undertaken in our country, as Mexico has been doing for a long time, we wish to work jointly with the world and we really want to be part of the challenges of the 21st Century”, he added.

President Macri thanked Mexico for supporting Argentina’s bid to host the G-20 in 2018, and to be admitted as a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Prior to the press statement, the leaders exchanged awards. President Macri presented President Peña Nieto with the Order of the Liberator San Martín, while the Mexican president gave his Argentine counterpart the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle.

After the press statement, the two leaders, accompanied by their wives, Angélica Rivera de Peña and Juliana Awada, visited the hall where the “Plastic Exercise” mural by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros is displayed in the Bicentennial Museum and attended the luncheon in honor of the Mexican President and Mrs. Rivera de Peña.

There, President Peña Nieto said that Mexico and Argentina, “Are two countries that have historically been identified”.

He said that the bonds of identity, friendship and relations between the two countries are very close. “A Mexican who comes here, or an Argentine who visits Mexico, would, I’m sure, feel at home; it would be an expansion and extension of their own home”.

He said that this state visit, “Represents a step in the construction of a new stage in relations between Argentina and Mexico and between Mexico and Argentina”.

At the same time, President Macri said: “We take this visit as a clear gesture of the vocation, interest and affection of the Mexican people in our country”.

He expressed hope that the agreements reached within the framework of this state visit, “Will only be the starting point of a Strategic Agreement signed more than a decade ago that was frozen”.

“It is up to us to thaw it,” he added.

In the morning, President Peña Nieto laid a wreath at the monument to the Liberator José de San Martin in the square that bears his name, and received the Keys to the City of Buenos Aires and a diploma accrediting him as a Distinguished Guest.