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India, Mexico to elevate relationship to strategic partnership

Modi said that India and Mexico are looking beyond trade relationship

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jun 9 2016 12:02PM | Updated Date: Jun 9 2016 12:02PM

India, Mexico to elevate relationship to strategic partnership

India and Mexico are on a verge to elevate their relationship into a more strategic one as Mexico’s President; Enrique Pena Nieto has extended a supporting hand for India’s NSG bid as a result of talks between them.

Mexico has also extended support to India's International Solar Alliance initiative, which was launched at the Paris climate talks last year.
Modi, in a press statement after holding talks with Nieto, thanked him for his country's support to India's NSG membership and for the Solar Alliance.
"I thank President Pena Nieto for Mexico's positive and constructive support for India's membership of the NSG," he told media.
"We have agreed to work and develop a roadmap of concrete outcomes to upgrade our ties to a Strategic Partnership," Modi said.
As Modi was in Mexico City on a five hour working visit, both of them discussed ways to better trade and investment. 
Also, Modi said that India and Mexico are looking beyond trade relationship and will be indulged into long term relationship. 
Modi said the Central American country is an important partner for India's energy security. 
The PM added, that both sides agreed to find ways to deepen cooperation in Space, and science and technology.
"We will also prioritise concrete projects in areas of agricultural research; bio-technology; waste management; disaster warning and management, and solar energy. I would like to particularly thank President Pena Nieto for his support to the International Solar Alliance. It will transform the global canvas for solar technology, especially for developing and Small Island Developing countries," he said.
Their talks included their stress on the necessity of developing a greater connectivity between the two countries and encouraging cooperation in the infrastructure sector, among small and medium enterprises, in pharmaceutical products, in energy, in the automobile sector, in Information and Communication Technology, in agriculture, in food processing and in other related sectors.
According to a joint statement, both sides underscored the increasing importance of diversifying the economic exchanges to promote trade and investment to a level corresponding to their true potential.
Both sides agreed to explore ways and means to boost the objectives of the International Solar Alliance.
The two countries also welcomed collaboration in space science, earth observation, climate and environmental studies, and the efficient use of space-related resources available in India as well as in Mexico for remote sensing, advance warning for disaster prevention and launch of satellites between the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the joint statement said.
It pledged to continue promoting the shared goals of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation as solutions with multilateral perspective, as well as to continue promoting cooperation on international security issues.
The countries also reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Both countries also reaffirmed the importance to have an effective multilateral system, with the United Nations at its core, and agreed on the importance of continuing supporting the progress in the process of comprehensive reforms of the United Nations Security Council.
Both sides committed to ratify the Paris Agreement as soon as possible, as well as to develop new and renewable sources of energy to meet the developmental challenges of their respective countries.
President Nieto invited the Modi to visit Mexico again on a State visit in the near future, and Modi to invited him to pay a State visit to India.