The Mexican government has strengthened its political ties
with the United States and Canada, finding common ground in education, trade,
infrastructure, and mobility. At the same time, we have redoubled our efforts
to improve the services we offer to Mexicans abroad, promoting strategies for
their empowerment and integration.
In January 2015, President Enrique Peña Nieto made an
official visit to the United States to discuss the most important bilateral
issues with President Barack Obama and give impetus to the High-level Economic
Dialogue (HLED), the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research
(FOBESII), and cooperation in consular affairs.
Early this year, the second meeting of North American
foreign ministers was held in Boston, Massachusetts to discuss international
and regional issues as well as bilateral topics such as education, energy,
innovation and competitiveness. The foreign ministers agreed on emphasizing a
regional approach to their common challenges and on making North America a place
of growth and global leadership.
In order to deepen Mexico’s economic, political and
investment ties with various institutions in the U.S. and Canada, the governors
of the states of Idaho, Arizona, Minnesota and Texas, and the Prime Minister of
Quebec, visited Mexico in 2015.
The Foreign Ministry also has an ongoing and productive
dialogue with the U.S. mayors, to promote trade and cooperation not only
through our consulates, but also with high-level meetings. Highlights include
meetings with the mayors of San Antonio, Houston, Denver and Philadelphia. In
October, six Arizona mayors visited Mexico, led by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu met with the delegation, which included
the mayors of Tucson, Mesa, Surprise, Nogales and Yuma, as well as various
Also in October, the Foreign Secretary traveled to Washington,
D.C. to meet with Secretary of State John Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden and
National Security Advisor Susan Rice. She discussed the upcoming North American
Leaders' Summit, to be held during the first half of 2016, and met with U.S.-Mexico
specialists and the ambassadors and permanent representatives of the OAS member
In 2015, the Foreign Ministry continued its close and
fruitful dialogue with various research centers, business forums and the media
in the United States, such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council of
the Americas, the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue, the American Council on Education,
the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, the New York Times and
Bloomberg, with the goal of explaining Mexico’s foreign policy, President
Enrique Peña Nieto’s structural reforms and the opportunities for investment, trade
and tourism available in Mexico.
In November, Mexico and Canada agreed on the importance of
relaunching the bilateral relationship at a meeting between President Enrique
Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G20 Antalya Summit in Turkey.
In addition, Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu met with Canadian Foreign
Minister Stéphane Dion on November 19, 2015, during the 23rd APEC
Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Manila, Philippines, where they reiterated their interest
in reinvigorating the Mexico-Canada relationship.