THE PRESIDENT OF MEXICO OUTLINES THE OBJECTIVES OF FOREIGN POLICY
· With the UK, Mexico is ready to start negotiations for a trade agreement, once the exit from the EU formally takes place.
· In 2017 it is intended to conclude the update of the Global Agreement, which includes the modernisation of the Free Trade Agreement with the EU.
MEXICO CITY, 24th January 2017.- The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, outlined yesterday the objectives of the foreign policy for the last two years or his administration, among of which is the consolidation of Mexico as an actor with global responsibility, in order to diversify our ties in terms of politics, economics, trade, tourism and cooperation.
In a message from his Official Residence in Mexico City, the President underpinned that “despite of the fact that our largest economic exchange is with the UU.SS., we have to take advantage of the opportunities that, now more than ever, Mexico has around the world."
The President stated that we will continue to strengthen our relationship with the different regions of the world and particularly in Europe: "the priority is to conclude this year, the update of the Global Agreement, which includes the modernisation of the Free Trade Agreement with the EU and conclude the process of modernisation of the Treaty with the European Free Trade Association."
Regarding the United Kingdom, he explained that Mexico is ready to start negotiations for a trade agreement, once the exit from the European Union formally takes place.
He detailed that, thanks to its privileged geographical position between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, "Mexico has become a logistics centre for global trade flows and a natural bridge between different regions of the world. For this reason, Mexico can and must increase the diversification of its economic and political relations ".
He said that "the Government of Mexico must have a balanced, pragmatic and timely agenda to expand the destination of exports and investment sources, deepen bilateral relations and political dialogue with key actors, and participate in favour of the best causes of the international community in multilateral fora and mechanisms."