Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto plans to visit Spain June 9-10 in an effort to bolster political dialogue at the highest levels, trade and investment, Mexican diplomats told Efe Tuesday.
Foreign Relations Secretariat officials traveling with Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, who wrapped up a two-day visit to Portugal on Tuesday, confirmed the dates for Peña Nieto’s visit to Madrid.
The Mexican leader plans a June 5-6 stopover in Portugal, where he hopes to give bilateral ties a boost as the two countries mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, the officials said.
Peña Nieto’s visit to Spain has special significance because bilateral relations are “brotherly, close and important in all their dimensions,” Meade told Efe during his visit to Lisbon.
“The areas for cooperation that we have between us,” some of which are shared with Lisbon, “such as the Ibero-American (Summit), which will be in Mexico this year and will also be a topic of dialogue with Spain and Portugal,” are important, Meade said.
Peña Nieto will be making the first visit by a Mexican head of state to Spain since 2008, when former President Felipe Calderon traveled to the Iberian nation.
The 47-year-old Peña Nieto visited Spain in October 2012 on one of the stops on the European tour he made as president-elect.