New Delhi: Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz-Massieu Salinas arrived on Friday in New Delhi on a two-day visit during which she will hold discussions on various issues with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
According to External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup, the "meeting will result in a comprehensive review of the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including political ties, commercial and trade relations, and cooperation in financial, technical and other areas”.
Swarup had on Thursday said that India and Mexico share historical links and strong cultural and people-to-people ties.
“Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and the president of Mexico (Enrique Pena Nieto) had met on September 28, 2015, in New York on the sidelines of the UNGA,” he said.
Mexico is Latin America's second largest economy and its largest trading nation. It is also the world's 14th largest economy.
“It is therefore natural trade and commerce are one of the main drivers in our bilateral relationship,” Swarup said.
“Our current trade is approximately USD 6.25 billion. Mexico also has one of the world's largest hydrocarbon reserves, ranking among the top 10 oil-producing countries.”
Mexico also has the world's fourth largest shale oil reserves.
“India is the third largest importer of crude oil from Mexico. Hence, energy ties are also expected to be discussed during this visit,” the spokesman said.