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Malaysia–Mexico relations


Malaysia–Mexico relations

Malaysia–Mexico relations
Map indicating locations of Malaysia and Mexico



Malaysia–Mexico relations refers to bilateral foreign relations between the two countries, Malaysia and Mexico. Both nations are mutual members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the United Nations.


  • History 1
  • Economic relations 2
  • Resident diplomatic missions 3
  • References 4


In August 1966, diplomats from Malaysia and Mexico met in Washington, DC to discuss the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations. It was not until 27 March 1974 that relations were formally established between the two nations.[1] In the beginning, neither nation had a resident diplomatic mission and Mexico was accredited to Malaysia from its embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia while Malaysia was accredited to Mexico from its embassy in Washington, DC. Mexico soon opened an honorary consulate in Kuala Lumpur in 1985.[1] In October 1985, after the coronation of King Iskandar of Johor; both nations began talks of opening resident diplomatic missions in each other's capitals, respectively. In October 1991, Mexico opened its first embassy in Malaysia.[1]

In September 1991, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad paid an official visit to Mexico (becoming the first Malaysian Prime Minister to visit Mexico) and signed a number of agreements with Mexico including:

  • Agreement on establishing direct air flights between both nations
  • The support of the Malaysian government for Mexico's entry to APEC
  • Agreement on a joint cooperation between a Malaysian and Mexican companies to refine palm oil.[1]

In November 1998, Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo visited Malaysia to attend the 10th APEC summit being held in Kuala Lumpur.[2]

Economic relations

Malaysia is one of the major import partners for Mexico,[3] and since 1992 both countries have become partners on trade relations.[4] Mexico was engaged in many types of business with Malaysia, especially on education and Malaysia had plans to engage in more business with Mexico under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).[5][6] Several exchange programmes in education have been done to enhance greater relations between the two countries.[7] Some Malaysian institution also keen to attract more Mexican students to the country.[8] In 2014, two-way trade between both nations amounted to $6 billion USD.[9]

Resident diplomatic missions


  • Relaciones Bilaterales (Relaciones Económicas México-Malasia) (in Spanish)
  • Relaciones comerciales México-Malasia (in Spanish)
  • Using Mexican food to reach Malaysians New Straits Times
  1. ^ a b c d History of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Malaysia (in Spanish)
  2. ^ El presidente Ernesto Zedillo llegó hoy a Kuala Lumpur para participar en la VI Cumbre de Líderes del Foro de APEC (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Mexico Major Trade Partners". Bridgat. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Malaysia Mexico's base to expand its trade".  
  5. ^ "Mexico Keen To Enhance Trade Relations With Malaysia".  
  6. ^ "Mexico and Malaysia Agree to Deepen Trade Relations". Secretaria De Economia. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Shahfizal Musa (7 June 2013). "Call for Greater Relationship Between Malaysia And Mexico".  
  8. ^ "Higher Education Scholarships in Malaysia for Mexican Citizens". Mexico Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Mexican Ministry of the Economy: Malaysia (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Embassy of Malaysia in Mexico City
  11. ^ Embassy of Mexico in Kula Lumpur (in English and Spanish)
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