President Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe held a meeting at which they agreed on the importance of promoting trade liberalization and international investment in order to contribute to global economic growth.
President Enrique Peña Nieto expressed his support for Japan’s early involvement in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). For his part, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Mexico’s pioneering role in promoting free trade, as evidenced by the bilateral agreements it has signed, as well as its initiatives for strengthening the multilateral trading system.
Both leaders confirmed the strength and importance of bilateral relations between Mexico and Japan, characterized by a unique bond based on the exchange of good will. They also welcomed the active, growing bilateral trade and investment relations, which are increasingly intense and mutually beneficial.
They acknowledged the fact that energy reform has the potential to create cooperation and investment opportunities, and therefore called for a greater exchange of information and dialogue on these topics.
They designated the period from 2013 to 2014 as the Year of Exchange between Mexico and Japan in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the Mission of Tsunenaga Hasekura, who led the first trip from Japan to the Mexican coast. This will serve as a catalyst to promote the strengthening of bilateral relations and mutual understanding at all levels and between different sectors of society.
They also agreed on the importance of working together in the fight against transnational organized crime, since this is a global problem that requires a collective response against terrorism. Both leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and expressions and reaffirmed their commitment to fighting it.
Lastly, President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked the Government of Japan for its warm welcome and hospitality in the context of his official working visit to this country. He also invited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Mexico City.
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