17 | OCT | 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamín Netanyahu - Photo: EFE

Israeli PM to visit Mexico

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This is the first visit of any Israeli head of state to our country

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamín Netanyahu will visit Mexico as part of his Latin American tour, which included stops in Argentina and Colombia.

According to the monthly agenda of the Israeli embassy in Mexic, Netanyahu’s visit aims at “strengthening the bilateral cooperation, the bonds with the Jewish community in Mexico as well as to foster economic development through commerce and investment.”

For its part, Mexico Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release noting Netanyahu’s visit from September 13 to 15 to Mexico City, underlining this is the first visit of any Israeli head of state to our country:
“Prime Minister Netanyahu will be received in the presidential residence of Los Pinos by President Peña Nieto on September 14. Both leaders will evaluate the state of the current bilateral relation between Mexico and Israel in the political, economic and international cooperation spheres, as well as exchanging their views on current international affairs.”

On January this year, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray Caso, noted that “Mexico is a friend of Israel and should be treated as such by its Prime Minister (Netanyahu)” after the Israeli premier twitter post where he supported the construction of Mexico-U.S. border wall:

The tweeted vexed the Jewish community in Mexico, who immediately distanced itself from Netanyahu’s comments: “We do not coincide with him on this regard and we strongly reject his position.”

Netanyahu did not apologize for the tweet back then, while Emmanuel Nahshon, Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman, noted that the “Israeli PM referred to our specific security experience which we are willing to share. We do not express a position on U.S.- Mexico relations.”

In this occasion, the press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlights that “Israel and Mexico relations are distinguished by a frank, open and respectful dialogue.” prior to Netanyahu’s arrival to Mexico City.

Netanyahu will participate in the business seminar "Mexico-Israel: Redesign of the Economic Bilateral Relations", organized by the Mexican Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology (COMCE)and the Embassy of Israel in Mexico.
Mexico and Israel established diplomatic relations on July 1st, 1952. Israel is the only Middle-Eastern country with which Mexico holds a Free Trade Agreement.

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