During his participation in the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Enrique Peña Nieto met with Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counselor, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the President’s Office of Myanmar.

This is the first high-level meeting between Mexico and Myanmar in four decades of diplomatic relations, reflecting Mexico’s interest in achieving rapprochement with a Southeast Asian country undergoing a period of major political and economic changes.

President Peña Nieto congratulated the Minister on the progress of the democratization process in her country, as well as its economic outlook. In particular, he welcomed the Peace Conference held last August in Myanmar, highlighting the positive effect it will have on the peace process and national reconciliation in that country.

The Mexican president stressed his government’s commitment to boosting high-level political dialogue and rapprochement between the two countries, which will make it possible to identify specific initiatives to give greater content to bilateral relations. In this context, he invited State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to pay a visit to Mexico.

Aung San Suu Kyi is an international symbol of peaceful struggle and a key figure in the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar. Throughout her tireless work on behalf of democracy, she received broad international support. In 1991, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mexico and Myanmar established diplomatic relations in October 1976. The governments of both countries have concurrently accredited ambassadors, Mexico from its resident Embassy in Singapore and Myanmar through its Permanent Mission at the United Nations.

Myanmar is one of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a key space in Mexico’s strategy to achieve rapprochement with the Asia-Pacific region.