Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Mexico from October 25 to 28.
The minister will meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and with Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray.
The minister will also meet with Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who will take office on December 1, 2018, as well as with the incoming minister of foreign affairs, Marcelo Ebard, and the incoming interior minister, Olga Sanchez Cordero.
The minister will indicate to his interlocutors France’s determination to strengthen our exchanges with Mexico - a member country of the G20 and the OECD - within the multilateral forums in order to promote and defend strong and effective multilateralism, as well as the values we share: the promotion of law and international cooperation for the peaceful settlement of disputes, climate and the environment, the fight against inequality and the fight against corruption.
The minister will also reaffirm our desire to ensure that the Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Mexico is swiftly finalized.
Mr. Le Drian will affirm our determination to strengthen our bilateral trade with Mexico, with which we enjoy relations based on close friendship and trust. These meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss the development of our cooperation, notably in the area of higher education and research, vocational training, support for student and cultural exchanges, as well as the programs implemented with French agencies, notably the French Development Agency.
The minister will meet with representatives of the Mexican and French business community in order to discuss the prospects for developing economic exchanges and investment between France and Mexico, within the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Mexico and within the framework of the trade agreement that has just been concluded between Mexico, the United States and Canada. French firms play a major role in the development of these exchanges, with more than 550 French subsidiaries based in Mexico.