Photo: Enrique Peña Nieto
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto plans to make an official visit to Ecuador this week and will then attend Michelle Bachelet’s presidential inauguration in Chile, the Office of the President and the Foreign Relations Secretariat said.
Peña Nieto is scheduled to leave Mexico on Sunday afternoon and to return home on Wednesday.
The Mexican leader’s official visit to Ecuador will start on Monday and he will participate in a series of activities “aimed at strengthening and expanding the historical ties that link the two countries,” the Office of the President and the secretariat said in a statement.
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa invisted Peña Nieto to visit the Andean nation, officials said.
Mexico and Ecuador have held numerous high-level meetings in the past few months, including a bilateral gathering during the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, summit in Cuba earlier this year.
Peña Nieto’s visit is aimed at establishing the framework “that will have to be followed in the current bilateral agenda, which is based on political dialogue, cooperation, trade and investment, among other matters,” the statement said.
The Mexican leader will once again invite Correa to participate in the 24th Ibero-American Summit in Mexico on Dec. 8-9.
Peña Nieto will travel from Ecuador to Chile for Bachelet’s inauguration on Tuesday.
The Mexican president is scheduled to meet with Bachelet to discuss bilateral affairs, focusing on the political, economic and cooperation areas, the statement said.
Mexico and Chile have had a strong relationship since the re-establishment of relations in 1990, the secretariat said.
Bilateral trade totaled $3.52 billion in 2013, with Chile ranking as Mexico’s No. 4 trade partner in Latin America, trailing only Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica.