Enrique Pena Nieto is the president of Mexico.

Canada and Mexico are going through one of the best moments of our relationship. The ties that link us, as well as the values and principles we share, make it stronger every day. This year, we celebrate 73 years of diplomatic relations, and we are witnessing a historical moment characterized by both countries’ political willingness to further strengthen our ties and deepen our strategic dialogue under a renewed perspective. The current regional context demands a revitalization of the co-operation that already exists between our countries.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first visit to Mexico on Oct. 12-13 confirms the close friendship between our people and governments. Over the past years, we have undertaken three main efforts to consolidate our bilateral relationship: Capitalize and continue strengthening our shared values and institutionalized co-operation mechanisms; achieve a more articulated mobility between our societies; and increase bilateral trade.

Firstly, since Prime Minister Trudeau’s election, I have shared with him my commitment to the promotion of common values, such as democracy, free trade, human rights, gender equality and environmental protection.

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