President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto and President of Israel Shimon Peres agreed that this state visit by the Israeli leader to Mexico is an opportunity to confirm the bonds of brotherhood and friendship between the two countries. They added that this friendship paves the way for further cooperation between our nations, which will permit greater development and benefits for our peoples. Mexico and Israel are old friends, but now they are also becoming young partners.
In a press statement, President Peña Nieto declared that, “Israel and Mexico are two countries that have always engaged in a frank, respectful, cordial dialogue, reflected in increased cooperation.”
He said the conversation between the two leaders, “Provided an opportunity to show that nowadays Mexico has a climate of greater democracy and greater political participation, and fortunately for Mexico, greater agreement and consensus.”
He explained that as regards cooperation, there many areas that can be developed for the benefit of both nations. He thanked the Israeli leader for making research, innovation and technological development available to our country, which will enable greater cooperation, “So that we can promote further development in Mexico.”
He declared that Mexico is a country of peace, a fraternal country and that its greatest asset is its people: its warm , friendly, hospitable people.
He said that Mexico was honored to welcome the president of a sister nation, but also a man, “with extensive experience in his own country, who has earned global recognition and prestige, a man of peace who is also a Nobel Peace laureate.”
He also mentioned that the president of Israel had hailed, “The agenda of transformations and changes we have been promoting in recent months in order for Mexico to advance and achieve greater economic growth in the coming years.”
President Peña Nieto also thanked the federal lawmakers, “Who approved reforms yesterday that will be critical to Mexico’s development as regards financial matters and government transparency.”
The two leaders witnessed the signing of eight cooperation documents between the government and educational institutions of the two countries, most notably the Agreement on Mutual Assistance between ProMéxico and the Israeli Export & International Cooperation Institute, and the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in export credits between the National Bank for Foreign Trade of Mexico and ASHRA, the Israel Foreign Trade Risks Insurance Corporation.
WHEN YOU WERE ELECTED, WE KNEW THAT YOU WOULD NOT ONLY BE A NEW VOICE, BUT AN IMPORTANT ONE, TOO: SHIMON PERES
President of Israel, Shimon Peres declared that President Peña Nieto, “Represents a new generation that has come at the perfect time. His vision not only involves changing things, but also advancing his country; not only correcting past mistakes, but taking a leap forward into a new era.”
He told President Pena Nieto, “It is good you started so young, so that you can do many things,” adding that, “This new spirit is already visible in Mexico.”
Addressing the Mexican president, he said: “You are like a breath of fresh air, a new voice, not only for your country but for all the countries in the world,” adding that, “When you were you elected, we knew that you would not only be a new voice, but an important one too.”
“Follow the example of this man, so that this world will be younger and better,” urged the Israeli leader.
Shimon Peres, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, said that the exchange of views with the President Peña Nieto had inspired him, adding that, “Mexico and Israel are old friends, but now, in addition, we are becoming young partners in a new vision, which is how we will be able serve our people as we should and as we have promised.”
He said that in the previous meeting between the two leaders, “We discovered that we have a great opportunity to work together for the benefit of our peoples.”
He noted that to achieve this, “We will not forget the values of the past, but we wish to scale the heights of tomorrow. You have spoken of moving Mexico. That is something that could also be applied to the Middle East: moving and flying, to escape limits and achieve new horizons.”
He explained that on his state visit to Mexico, he is accompanied by a delegation of 80 Israeli businessmen, who, “Believe that Mexico is very promising and are willing to work together. They are, from our point of view, the vanguard, the most advanced, most modern technologies in Israel.”
On behalf of the state and people of Israel, he officially invited President Enrique Peña Nieto to pay a state visit to the country next year. “We will be delighted to welcome you as a guest of honor and as a true friend, because Mexico and Israel are true friends,” he said.
He declared that Mexico is, “An extraordinary people with stories and poems that have won the hearts of millions around the world,” adding: “You are a veritable empire at the literary level, which has been recognized throughout the world.”
Moreover, he said, “We are delighted that peace talks have been restored and resumed between ourselves and the Palestinians. We are determined to reach a comprehensive agreement.”
He acknowledged Mexico’s support of the peace efforts in the Middle East. “You have helped us resolve conflicts in our region for the benefit of humanity,” he declared.
He said that peace is urgent, but also possible. “For Israel, peace is not only a strategic choice, as I said, but a moral imperative that springs from the depths of our legacy,” he said.
Earlier on, President Peña Nieto officially welcomed the Israeli president in a ceremony in the Francisco I. Madero esplanade of the official Los Pinos residence, at which the anthems of the two countries were heard and both presidents reviewed the Guard of Honor.
SHIMON PERES, A POLITICIAN RESPECTED BY ISRAELI SOCIETY AND RECOGNIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Shimon Peres, President of Israel, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, together with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat for his role in the process of signing the Oslo Accords in 1993. In 1997 he founded the Peres Peace Center, which seeks to promote peace in the Middle East and particularly to promote Arab-Israeli relations.
He is a politician respected by Israeli society and recognized in the international community. His perseverance in the struggle for peace in the past twenty years, his commitment to an agreement with the Palestinians through dialogue and understanding, his experience in domestic and international politics, his moderate discourse in the context of the Israeli policy of recent years and his longevity, combined with his significant activity in the areas of education, technology and advanced medicine, have made him, at the age of 90, one of the most popular figures in the political history of his country.
In his professional career, he has held the following posts: President of Israel, since July 2007, Deputy Prime Minister (2006-2007), Foreign Minister (1986-1988, 1992-1995, 2001-2002), Prime Minister (1984-1986 and 1995-1996), Minister of Defense (1974-1977), Minister of Transport and Communications (1970-1974), Minister of Information (1974) and Deputy Minister of Defense (1959-1965).