· The president will attend the inauguration of the new President of Peru Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, he said.
· The state visit to Argentina is designed to revive and strengthen bilateral relations, he said.
· For the government, Latin America is and always will be a priority. Both visits represent a further step towards consolidating our country as an actor with global responsibility, he declared.
General Coordinator of Social Communication of the President’s Office and Government Spokesman Eduardo Sánchez Hernández said that since Mexico is an international player determined to promote and attract better welfare schemes for Mexicans, positioning it as a leading actor with global responsibility is a priority for President Enrique Peña Nieto.
In joint press conference with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu, he reported that this evening, the president will begin a working tour of Peru, followed by Argentina. He will be accompanied by his wife, Angélica Rivera de Peña.
Eduardo Sánchez declared that for the government, Latin America is and always will be a priority. Both visits represent a further step towards consolidating our country as an actor with global responsibility, he declared.
“The strategic alliances with Argentina and Peru represent opportunities for investment, employment and educational, cultural and commercial exchange for Mexico. These strategic alliances will mean more and better jobs for Mexicans,” he said.
He explained that tomorrow, the president will attend the inauguration of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski as the new president of Peru. He mentioned that affection, cooperation and mutual respect are the hallmarks of our relationship with that country.
“In addition to their historical and cultural similarities, Mexico and Peru have a strategic partnership agreement, which means competitiveness and prosperity for both peoples,” he said.
As for Argentina, the government spokesman announced that the president will conduct a state visit on Friday, July 29, in response to an invitation by President Mauricio Macri in January this year in Davos, Switzerland.
He said that the meeting between the two leaders is designed to revive and strengthen bilateral relations. He recalled that Argentina is Mexico's fourth largest trading partner in Latin America, while Mexico is Argentina’s ninth largest trading partner. "However, the potential of the relationship is enormous, and we must leverage it.”
Eduardo Sánchez said that this will be the fourth time Presidents Peña Nieto and Mauricio Macri have met. Their earlier meetings took place at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; within the framework of the Nuclear Security Summit, held in Washington DC in April; and recently at the Pacific Alliance Summit in Puerto Varas, Chile.
In Buenos Aires, the president will meet privately with his Argentinian counterpart. They will subsequently attend meetings with their respective delegations, where they will address political, economic, regional and multilateral cooperation issues.
"President Enrique Peña Nieto's visits to Peru and Argentina reaffirm Mexico’s ties and commitment to South America,” explained the General Coordinator of Social Communication.
The president will return to Mexico in the early hours of Saturday.