• The two countries have shared principles and common values, and the two governments are determined to continue working so that the friendship and fraternity that characterize relations between Portugal and Mexico lead to prosperity and development for our societies, said President Peña Nieto.
  • Portugal and Mexico share a long, fruitful history of 153 years of friendship, dialogue and cooperation. We regard each other as allies in key issues on the global agenda such as the promotion of free trade, the fight against climate change and the defense of multilateralism, he said.
  • History will show that Mexico’s relations with Portugal and the European Union have made significant progress in four years due to President Peña Nieto and his Administration: President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

Earlier today at the National Palace, President Enrique Peña Nieto received President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, currently on a state visit to Mexico.

The Mexican president declared that the two countries, “Have shared principles and shared values, and both governments are determined to continue working so that the friendship and fraternity that characterizes the relationship between Portugal and Mexico is one that fosters prosperity and development for our societies”.

He said that President Rebelo de Sousa’s state visit to our country, the first by a Portuguese president to Mexico for 18 years, gives a new impetus to the dialogue between the two countries.

“His visit is a culmination of the relationship our countries have developed in recent years,” he said.

President Peña Nieto said that Portugal and Mexico share a long, fruitful history of 153 years of friendship, dialogue and cooperation. We regard each other as allies in key issues on the global agenda such as the promotion of free trade, the fight against climate change and the defense of multilateralism”.

He declared that at the working meeting held earlier, they agreed to work together to boost trade between the two countries.

Mexico is already Portugal’s second largest trading partner in Latin America. We trade $600 million USD a year, in hydrocarbons, automobiles and other manufactured goods,” he declared.

He said that he agreed with the Portuguese president that, “It is a good time to take advantage of new areas of opportunity”. For this reason, he added, “I am pleased that President Rebelo is accompanied by a large business delegation, to which I extend a warm welcome”.

The Mexican president stressed the importance for our country, “Of having Portugal’s valuable support in the negotiation of the Global Agreement Mexico is working on with the European Union”.

He also agreed with President Rebelo de Sousa to continue, “Promoting Portuguese investment in Mexico, and a greater presence of Mexican companies and products in Portugal”. He said that there are now over 160 Portuguese companies operating in Mexico, “In sectors such as energy, technology and construction, as well as in the aerospace and automotive industries”.

He noted that Mexico has become one of the priority destinations for Portuguese investment in Latin America. It is worth noting that practically a third of Portugal’s Foreign Direct Investment registered since 1999 has occurred in the past four years,” he said.

In the Honor Courtyard of the National Palace, President Peña Nieto said that he also agreed with the Portuguese President on the importance of promoting tourism. “Mexico has established itself as one of the most important tourist destinations in the world, and we have also seen an increase in the number of tourists from Portugal to our country”.

He said that both governments will continue to promote bilateral cooperation in science and technology, as well as educational and cultural exchanges.

He announced that next year, Portugal will be guest country at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the largest in Latin America.

“All these agreements show the willingness of Portugal and Mexico to strengthen their ties and consolidate an increasingly beneficial friendship for our societies,” he said.

MEXICO IS A HUMAN, CULTURAL, ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL POWER: PRESIDENT MARCELO REBELO DE SOUSA

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that Mexico is, “A human, cultural, economic and financial power”. He declared that this state visit continues the ties of collaboration and friendship that took a qualitative leap thanks to President Peña Nieto, “and the work of his Administration and influence”.

That is why I also salute your vision, determination and ability to construct in the area of bilateral relations and the multilateral arena,” he said.

He noted that Mexico and Portugal have multilateral convergence in universal basic principles, as well as, “In the defense of peace, the protection of human rights, economic development and social justice. But also in the freedom of people and trade; rejecting unjustified protectionism and refusing to accept human and economic barriers, and in the concern over climate change”.

Rebelo de Sousa said that in the sphere of bilateral relations, very diverse sectors have registered significant progress in the past four years. This progress, he declared, cannot be separated from the role President Peña Nieto and his Administration have played. “We must be fair and recognize this. History will also acknowledge this by seeing the relations, not only between Portugal and Mexico, but also between the European Union and Mexico”.

He said that bilateral relations have a great future in such important areas as infrastructure, energy, tourism and trade. He added that in relation to the Global Agreement between Mexico and the European Union and its modernization, our country enjoys the constant, firm support of Portugal, and hoped that the modernization of this Agreement would be completed by the end of this year.

He said that since diversification is a goal in Mexican trade and financial policy, President Enrique Peña Nieto and his Administration, “Will be seen as having an essential, crucial role in recent years”. 

“Our relations have advanced a great deal in recent years and will continue to advance,” he said, inviting the president of Mexico to visit Portugal again: “We will never tire of our friends, which why Portugal will never tire of the friendship it has with Mexico, and we are sure that Mexico will never tire of its friendship with Portugal”.

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