Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Meets with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

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September 24, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Meets with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, last Thursday, 14 September 2017, in Mexico City, met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. They discussed upgrading the bilateral free trade agreement and expanding trade. Agreements were signed regarding aviation, an MOU on MASHAV and a space agreement.

1. Aviation agreement: The goal is to develop air services between the sides including regular passenger flights between the two countries. The agreement is designed to ensure the level of security on international air transportation. Upon the ratification of the agreement and its entry into force, the airlines of each side will be able to benefit from various privileges regarding the operation of international air services such as overflight of national territories without landing, mutual landing rights and the use of additional stops for the transport of passengers, cargo and mail.

2. An MOU on MASHAV: The MOU is designed to facilitate cooperation in international development that will focus on relevant development issues including water, agriculture, initiatives and innovation. Under the terms of the MOU, the sides will focus on bilateral and trilateral dialogue in order to deal with global challenges and improve global development results. The cooperation will take place – inter alia – through exchanges of knowledge and recommended work methods and mutual assistance to third countries. The MOU will enter into force upon signing.

3. Space agreement: The goal of the agreement is to create the legal infrastructure for cooperation in the uses of outer space for peaceful purposes which, in turn, will enable the two countries’ space agencies to cooperate on many joint space research projects. The agreement is of major diplomatic importance in light of – inter alia – Mexico’s assuming the chair of the UN Committee on the Civilian Uses of Outer Space, which admitted Israel as a member two years ago and where Israel is competing – as the representative of the regional WEOG bloc – for the post second vice chair. The agreement is subject to ratification.

Prime Minister Netanyahu:

“Thank you, my friend, President Peña Nieto for your personal friendship, for the friendship of Mexico. This is a milestone. As incredible as it sounds, what you just said always astounds me: that this is the first visit since the founding of the State of Israel of an Israeli prime minister in Latin America. It’s the first visit in Mexico. It is, I would say, an unpardonable lapse, but we want the pardon. We’re here. We think that we correct now a historic lapse, because Mexico is a great country. It’s one of the world’s great economies, it’s a great nation, a great people, a great culture. We want to be close, even closer to Mexico, and this is what this meeting signifies.

In Mexico city, PM Netanyahu and his wife Wife Sara attende an event with 800 Members of the Mexican Jewish Community and with Israeli and 16 Leading Mexican Businesspeople at a Power Breakfast.

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