UNITED KINGDOM, 4th March 2015.- During the State Banquet in honour of President Enrique Peña Nieto, who is on a state visit to the UK, and his wife Angelica Rivera de Pena, HM The Queen said the economic reforms enacted in Mexico "have been bold and impressive and the UK is ready to work with Mexico to implement these reforms, strengthening the foundations of our association in the interest of the prosperity of both societies. "


Queen Elizabeth II said that "the relationship between our business communities is also very positive and I am sure, Mr. President that your visit will allow strengthen them further."


He expressed his joy at the visit of Mexican President held at Aberdeen, Scotland, "to see the experience and knowledge that the city concentrates acquired for nearly half a century of development in the North Sea".


"This will also be an opportunity to build on the valuable dialogue that the Prince of Wales held in Campeche on sustainable development of energy resources," he added.


Queen Elizabeth II said the relationship between the two countries "is based on a remarkable similarity of views and values. It is this shared perspective that has made us natural partners in many complex issues of current international agenda ".


Recalled that the visit of President Peña Nieto "occurs in the first months of a very special year: the Dual Year UK in Mexico, and Mexico in the UK", whose program of events "is an apt celebration of the vibrant relationship between our countries”.


For his part, President Peña Nieto said that under the reign of SM Isabel II "their country has been a cultural landmark first order promoter as essential values such as freedom, democracy and human rights. You, Your Majesty, has been a source of identity and unity of his people ".


He noted that "the intimate friendship between the United Kingdom and Mexico were strengthened with two State Visits to Mexico in 1975 and in 1983, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh


He recalled that last November "Mexicans had the pleasure to welcome their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The affection of the Royal Family for my country is also reflected in the various invitations have been extended to Mexican presidents to visit Her Majesty. "


The Mexican president said it is a great honour that this is "the fourth time that a President of Mexico makes a state visit to the UK". It held that this meeting takes place, moreover, "in time of special symbolism for our relationship: in 2015, the Year of the UK in Mexico, and at the same time, the Year of Mexico in the UK".


"This dual celebration is the ultimate expression of respect, recognition and cooperation between our peoples," he said.


He said that this "also commemorate nearly 190 years of diplomatic relations that have twinned us on both sides of the Atlantic. Our country is proud of its past and confident in its future. "