Erdogan seeks to boost bilateral ties in Mexico

The Turkish president has been welcomed by his Mexican counterpart at an official ceremony at the Presidential Palace

The Turkish president has been welcomed by his Mexican counterpart at an official ceremony at the Presidential Palace

MEXICO CITY - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his two day visit to Mexico Thursday to enhance bilateral ties.

Erdogan and his delegation arrived at the Juarez Military Airport in the capital Mexico City at 6.35 a.m., Turkish local time. Turkey's Ambassador to Mexico, Mustafa Oguz Demiralp, and other senior officials received them at the airport.

Later, they were welcomed by Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto at an official ceremony held at the Presidential Palace, where the national anthems of both countries were played and Erdogan was presented with a guard of honor.

Erdogan also paid his respects at a national monument in the capital that was built in the memory of six children, who lost their lives while defending Mexico in a war in 1846-1847.

The president’s delegation includes his wife Emine Erdogan, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, Food, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Mehdi Eker and Culture Minister Omer Celik.

The presidents of both countries are expected to hold a joint press conference following their one-on-one and delegation-level meetings.

Erdogan will also visit the Matias Romero Institute and deliver a speech. Later, he is expected to meet Mexico’s business community at a dinner. Boosting of relations between Turkey and Mexico has great importance for economic interests as it is an entrance door to North America market. According to the think-tank Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research Institute, trade volume between Turkey and Mexico was around $1.2 billion in 2013.

The president is also expected to visit the Teotihuacan Pyramids on the second day of his visit.

In December 2013, President Enrique Pena Nieto visited Turkey on the invitation of former President Abdullah Gul.

Mexico is the last destination of the Turkish president’s Latin America tour that seeks to boost business and cultural ties. Cuba was his second stop after Columbia.

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