Good afternoon.

First of all, I would like to thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his hospitality.

In you, Canada has a progressive, visionary leader, who is open to the world.

Mexico recognizes you as a great friend”.

This is the first state visit by a Mexican president to Canada in 15 years. During this visit, we marked the renewal of our bilateral relations.

“The links between our societies are increasingly intense and dynamic.

I therefore welcome the Canadian government’s decision to lift the visa requirement for Mexicans as of December 1 of this year.

This barrier was imposed in 2009 and today, with great political will, we are tearing it down”.

Canada and Mexico wish to work together on a common vision of inclusive development.

We have decided to establish a high-level strategic dialogue to identify priority areas of bilateral cooperation based on four pillars: shared, inclusive prosperity, regional and global leadership, public safety and facilitating the mobility of people.

As part of this state visit, 14 agreements were signed, including those to expand student exchanges, share information and experiences on security, promote the development of indigenous peoples and increase tourism.

Today, we also agreed to allow imports of Canadian meat products into Mexico, following scientific principles, agreed by the World Health Organization.

And we estimate that this measure will come into effect in October of this year.

In a world where hate speech, racism and discrimination still persist, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government stands out because of its commitment to inclusion.

During our meeting, we talked about the importance of building societies of rights.

In particular, we addressed the need to create public policies in favor of inclusion, highlighting the development of youth and indigenous peoples.

Canada and Mexico are convinced that international trade and regional integration are the engine for shared economic growth and social welfare.

We have important economic ties.

With bilateral trade of $26 billion Canadian dollars, Mexico is Canada’s third largest trading partner and Canada is Mexico’s third largest trade partner.

More than 3,500 Canadian companies operate in our country.

To strengthen and expand these exchanges, during this state visit, new investments in Mexico for over $2.3 billion Canadian dollars have been announced, confirming Canadian entrepreneurs’  confidence in our country.

We share the conviction that it is possible to achieve inclusive low carbon green growth, and for this to be the basis of development.

These agreements will form the basis of our bilateral cooperation in the coming years.

“I am absolutely convinced that today marks the start of a renewed relationship between Canada and Mexico, two countries that face the future together and are strengthened by working together, as allies, but particularly as the friends we are”.

Thank you.