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Mexico–South Africa relations

 

Mexico–South Africa relations

Mexico-South Africa relations
Map indicating locations of Mexico and South Africa

Mexico

South Africa

Mexico–South Africa relations refers to the diplomatic relations between Mexico and South Africa.

Contents

  • History of diplomatic relations 1
  • State visits 2
  • Trade relations 3
  • Resident diplomatic missions 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History of diplomatic relations

Former Presidents Felipe Calderón and Thabo Mbeki attending a G-5 summit in 2007

Before 1993, Mexico refused to recognize the South African government because of the Mexican governments' opposition against apartheid. In 1991, Nelson Mandela, head of the African National Congress visited Mexico thus paving the way for formal diplomatic relations to be established on 26 October 1993. In 1994, both nations established a diplomatic mission in each other's capitals respectively.[1]

The two countries work closely together in multilateral fora on issues such as South-South co-operation and nuclear disarmament. Both countries also work together in scientific and educational cooperation and in social welfare programs. In 2010, Mexico and South Africa signed an 'Action Plan' towards a priority relationship to develop the various areas that make up the bilateral relationship.[1]

Both nations are members of the G-20.

State visits

Presidential visits from Mexico to South Africa

Presidential visits from South Africa to Mexico

Trade relations

In 2013, total trade between the two nations amounted to $1 billion USD.[2] Mexico is South Africa's third biggest trading partner in Latin America and South Africa is Mexico's biggest trading partner in Africa.[3]

Resident diplomatic missions

References

  1. ^ a b Bilateral relations between Mexico and South Africa (in Spanish)
  2. ^ South Africa and Mexico to deepen trade relations
  3. ^ Minister Dlamini Zuma to Hold Discussions with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Cape Town
  4. ^ Embassy of Mexico in Pretoria (in English and Spanish)
  5. ^ Embassy of South Africa in Mexico City (in Spanish)

External links

  • South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the history of relations between South Africa and Mexico
  • Bilateral relations between Mexico and South Africa
  • Bilateral economic relations between South Africa and Mexico
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