India and Mexico agreed to elevate their Partnership into a strategic one, during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico, during Modi’s brief visit, and Mexico also extended support for India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
In a statement PM Modi thanked President Pena Nieto for Mexico’s positive and constructive support for India’s membership of the NSG, and said the two leaders have agreed to work and develop a road map of outcomes to upgrade their ties to a Strategic Partnership, that included ways to boost trade and investment.
Modi said Mexico is an important partner or India’s energy security and emphasized that they are now looking to move beyond a buyer-seller relationship and into a long term partnership, as there is potential to expand in their commercial and Science and Technology partnerships in new areas.
Both sides also stressed the necessity to develop a greater connectivity and encourage cooperation in the infrastructure sector, among small and medium enterprises, in pharmaceutical products, energy, automobile sector, Information and Communication technology, agriculture, food processing and other related sectors.
In a joint statement the two countries welcomed collaboration in space science, earth observation, climate and environmental studies, and the efficient use of space-related resources available in India as well as in Mexico for remote sensing, disaster warning and prevention, between the Mexican Space Agency Agencia Espacial Mexicana and Indian Space Research Organization.
The countries also reaffirmed their condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
President Nieto invited Modi to Mexico again and Modi returned the invitation to him to pay a State visit to India. Later President Nieto took Modi out for a taste of Mexican vegetarian fare, and in a special gesture he drove Modi to the restaurant personally.
Mexico was the final stop in Modi’s five-nation tour.