On May 24, commencing at 7:15 p.m. (local time) for approximately 40 minutes, H.E. Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, President of the United Mexican States, during his visit to Mexico. The overview is as follows.
Minister Kono expressed his pleasure to visit Mexico in this commemorative year of the 130th anniversary since the establishment of Japan-Mexico diplomatic relations and gratitude for the supports from Mexico after the Great East Japan Earth quake. In response, President Pe?a Nieto welcomed Minister Kono's visit to Mexico, by blessing the 130th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and expressed gratitude for the aid from Japan when the earthquake hit Mexico last year.
President Pe?a Nieto expressed his respect for Japan's leadership in the TPP11. Minister Kono stated that Mexico serves as a gateway of Japan's relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, and expressed his intension to further strengthen cooperation in various areas including economy.
Regarding the issues related to North Korea, Minister Kono explained Japan's basic stance after United States' announcement that US-NK summit on June 12 was cancelled. President and Minister Kono agreed on keeping close collaboration.