Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu held a meeting with Prime
Minister Narendra Modi in India, repeating President Enrique Peña Nieto’s
invitation for him to make an official visit to Mexico this year.
The Foreign Secretary also met with the Indian Council of World Affairs and the Confederation of Indian Industry. With 8,000 members from the
public and private sectors, this is one of the most important business associations
in the country.
At the meeting, the Foreign Secretary discussed the possibilities
and prospects to be found in Mexico, as well as the potential of the bilateral relationship
and the benefits of the structural reforms put in place in both countries that
will increase opportunities for trade and investment.
Mexico will host the India-Latin America & Caribbean Investment
Conclave in the second half of the year. This event is the result of the efforts
of the Confederation of Indian Industry to promote economic relations with
The Foreign Secretary also inaugurated a photo exhibit on
Mexico in the New Delhi metro system and met with Indian External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj to discuss how to maximize the potential of the
privileged partnership between the two countries.
Mexico and India
have worked closely on issues such as development
cooperation, the North-South dialogue, the environment, human rights and
disarmament. During the Cold War, Mexico and India worked together as
members of the United Nations, the G77, G15 and G6 (nuclear disarmament). Both
actively defended the interests of developing countries in forums such as the
Uruguay Round. There have also been visits by intellectuals and artists from
India is the 8th largest Asia-Pacific investor in Mexico.
Between 1999 and December 2015, companies with Indian equity invested USD 80.7
million in Mexico. Between November 2009 and September 2011, Mexican
investments in India reached USD 282 million dollars.
The last time a Mexican foreign secretary visited India was
in October 2014, when the then-Foreign Secretary, José Antonio Meade,
co-chaired the Sixth Meeting of the Mexico-India Binational Commission with
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
At that time, there were meetings of the subcommittees for Political
Affairs, Economic Affairs and Scientific and Technical Cooperation, and of the
working groups on Culture and Education, Agricultural Cooperation, Tourism and
Agriculture. The delegations expressed their determination to intensify the
political dialogue and the high-level contacts in order to strengthen the
Mexico-India Privileged Partnership, and their interest in enhancing the
strategic relationship, as well.