In 2015, Mexico continued strengthening its ties of
friendship and cooperation with the Middle East, enhancing its international
presence and reaffirming its commitment as an actor with global responsibility.
On November 24, 2015, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin
Hamad Al-Thani, visited Mexico. He and his delegation met with President
Enrique Peña Nieto, who reaffirmed the need for stronger economic ties,
particularly in investments. It was the first visit from a Qatari head of state
since the beginning of diplomatic relations in 1975. The two officials signed bilateral
agreements on air services, technical cooperation, cooperation between central
banks and between chambers of commerce.
President Peña Nieto also
met with Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, with
whom he discussed various issues, including the contributions of the Mexican
community of Lebanese origin.
In October, the
Mexican president met with the former President of Israel, Shimon Peres, during
his visit to Mexico to attend the Guadalajara Business Summit.
In February 2015, the
Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Gebran Bassil, visited
Mexico for the second regular meeting of political consultations. A joint declaration
and two memoranda of understanding were signed on communities abroad and
academic and diplomatic cooperation.
The Iranian Deputy
Minister for European and American Affairs, Majid Takht Ravanchi, visited Mexico
for the first meeting of bilateral political consultations. During his visit, a
joint statement and a memorandum of understanding between the Mexican and
Iranian Foreign Ministries were signed.
its high-level political dialogue, friendly relations and cooperation with
Palestine during the visit of Nabeel Shaath, former Foreign Minister and
current International Relations Commissioner of Fatah, in July 2015.
Lastly, Mexico opened
an embassy in Jordan and made progress in negotiating a bilateral free trade