. The two leaders expressed interest in establishing a close relationship of friendship and trust
between the two nations.
witnessed the signing of five agreements and memorandums of understanding.
They held a
meeting at the National Palace, on the occasion of the official visit of the
Qatari Sheikh to Mexico.
President Enrique Peña Nieto and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al
Thani held a meeting today at the National Palace, where they expressed
interest in developing a close relationship of friendship and trust between the
Within the framework of the official visit to Mexico by the Emir of
Qatar to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations,
the two leaders agreed to begin a new stage and renew ties between the two
During the meeting, they discussed the current situation in the Middle
East, the democratic and economic landscape in Latin America and their vision
of modernization, as heads of state, for Mexico and Qatar.
They also discussed the issue of education and Qatar’s interest in investing
President Enrique Peña Nieto accepted Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s
invitation to visit Qatar. The delegations of the two heads of state made the necessary consultations
to determine the date of what would be the first visit by a Mexican president
to that nation.
The Mexican president said that the meeting they held will make it
possible to open up business opportunities between the two countries in the
energy and infrastructure sectors.
They also said that the fluid, constructive dialogue between the two
countries will bring Mexico closer to one of the major financial and economic
centers in the Arabian Peninsula.
At the National Palace, President Enrique Peña Nieto and Sheikh Tamim
bin Hamad Al Thani also held a meeting with their delegations, and later
witnessed the signing of five agreements and memorandums of understanding
between the two countries:
Agreement, designed to establish commercial passenger flights between Doha and
the Federal District.
Understanding between the Bank of Mexico and the Central Bank of Qatar, to
exchange information and experience regarding banking regulation, supervision
Cooperation Agreement, to promote cooperation in economic, commercial,
technical, industrial, mining, energy, agriculture, communications, transport,
construction, labor, tourism, education, science and technology issues, among
Understanding on Youth Cooperation, to promote the development of young people
in both countries.
Understanding between the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade,
Investment and Technology and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Qatar to
increase economic ties between the two countries through coordination between the
two business organizations.
Moreover, President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Emir of Qatar agreed to
begin negotiations for an Agreement on the Reciprocal Protection of
Afterwards, during a luncheon hosted by the Mexican President for the Emir
of Qatar, the president declared that, “There is a clear interest in
strengthening relations between the two countries.”
For his part, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani highlighted the, “Enormous
determination by our two countries to establish a strong relationship.”
The luncheon was attended by Mexican businessmen with whom the leaders
exchanged views on issues of mutual interest.
Qatar has the highest GDP per capita in the world, in the order of
$137,161 USD annually, and by the end of 2015 expects to see a 4.5 percent increase
in its GDP.
Qatar is Mexico’s fourth largest trading partner in the Middle East and
a key player in the global economy, because of its large energy reserves and investments. It is also a benchmark in social, educational and