.        The two leaders expressed interest in establishing a close relationship of friendship and trust between the two nations.

·        They 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 two nations.

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 countries.

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 in Mexico.

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:

·        Air Services Agreement, designed to establish commercial passenger flights between Doha and the Federal District.

·        Memorandum of Understanding between the Bank of Mexico and the Central Bank of Qatar, to exchange information and experience regarding banking regulation, supervision and monitoring.

·        Technical Cooperation Agreement, to promote cooperation in economic, commercial, technical, industrial, mining, energy, agriculture, communications, transport, construction, labor, tourism, education, science and technology issues, among others.

·        Memorandum of Understanding on Youth Cooperation, to promote the development of young people in both countries.

·        Memorandum of 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 Investments.

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 environmental matters.