MEXICO CITY — Chancellor Claudia Ruiz Massieu met with German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, with whom she emphasized that the Mexico-Germany Dual Year represents a great platform for both countries’ exposure as well as an opportunity to strengthen ties.
The head of Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat (SRE) detailed that during their encounter they covered themes such as migration, both in the region and in Europe, which will allow to reach global agreements in the upcoming United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants on September 19.
Human rights were also broached and the measures taken by the Mexican government to strengthen the rule of law.
Steinmeier stated in the case of the the 43 missing students from Iguala, state of Guerrero, Germany has offered to help with the investigation to solve the case through the cooperation of prosecutors and experts.
On education, it was announced that there are 74,000 Mexicans studying German, and 2,000 studying there, which opens the opportunity to adopt a dual education model in both countries.
Ruiz Massieu stated that, “Foreign relations remain an efficient tool that allows us to bring to Mexico the best the world has to offer.”
She also added that relations between both nations was rich and diverse, with intense dialogue and strong political, economic, commercial, touristic and cultural ties.
Germany is Mexico’s first commercial partner in Europe, and fifth worldwide, with 2.2 percent of the country’s total commerce. It also represents the sixth source of investment to Mexico worldwide.