Mexican President likely to visit India next year

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) After Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mexico last year, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is likely to visit India next year, the Latin American nation’s Ambassador here Melba Pria said on Wednesday.

“After Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Mexico in June 2016, this year a Mexican parliamentary group will visit India,” Pria said during an interaction with the media here.

“The Mexican President is expected to visit India in 2018,” she said.

Stating that Mexico-India relations have been good and friendly for many years now, she said that bilateral trade stood at $6 billion.

“Mexico is the first destination of Indian investments in Latin America,” Pria said.

“Mexico is the largest investor from Latin America in India. Last year, we surpassed Brazil.”

The Ambassador said that Mexico and India were cooperating in a number of areas, including water technology and in space research through the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

“Tourism is flourishing on both sides,” she stated.

Regarding Mexico’s stand on India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in view of China blocking it, Pria said that it was her country that put India’s attempt back on track.

“For Mexico, India’s membership in the NSG is important,” she said.

As for Mexico’s position on UN Security Council reforms, she said “we do not want more permanent members” but more non-permanent members.

Mexico is among a group of countries called Uniting for Consensus (UfC) that backed a resolution against expansion of the UNSC permanent members seats.

The others are Canada, Italy, Colombia, Pakistan, Argentina, Costa Rica, Malta, South Korea, San Marino, Spain and Turkey.

The UfC resolution opposed the push by the G4 countries — India, Brazil, Germany and Japan — to reform the UN’s apex body.

Pria, however, clarified that Mexico’s position on this issue has “nothing to do with India’s view of UNSC reforms but it is our view of the UNSC”.