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 Latin America.


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 both countries.

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. 

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