External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a “comprehensive discussion” with his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón and reviewed cooperation in various fields, including trade, investment and space, stressing that the two countries must collaborate more closely in international forums.
Jaishankar is on a three-day visit to Mexico, his first to the North American country as the External Affairs Minister.
“Concluded a comprehensive discussion with FM @m_ebrard of Mexico. Reviewed our political cooperation, trade and investment, space and scientific potential, cultural exchanges and consular issues. Shared perspectives on governance challenges and global narratives,” Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting on Monday.
Jaishankar, the first External Affairs Minister to visit Mexico in 41 years, said, “India and Mexico must collaborate more closely in international forums. Glad to note our Mexican partners reciprocating this sentiment.”
Earlier, Jaishankar was received by Minister of Finance and Public Credit Rogelio Ramírez de la O with whom he discussed Mexico’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jaishankar reached Mexico at the invitation of his Mexican counterpart Casaubón after concluding his visit to the US for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Jaishankar will interact with the leading CEOs and the business community in Mexico, which is currently India’s second largest trade partner in Latin America and is a member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) alongside India for the 2021-22 period, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
The two-way trade in 2018 was $10.155 billion, comprising exports worth $5.231 billion and imports valued at $4.923 billion, according to official data.
India’s exports comprise mainly of vehicles and auto parts, chemicals, aluminium products, electrical machinery and electronic equipment, steel, gems and ceramic products. India imports crude oil, electrical goods and machinery from Mexico.