Narendra Modi secures Mexico support for NSG membership: Full text of PM’s speech

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New Delhi | Published: June 9, 2016 1:31:07 PM

After securing Switzerland and US support over NSG membership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won over Mexico as the host President Enrique Pena Nieto announced his country...

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, left, talks with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, following a joint statement to the press, in the Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Modi met with the Mexican President Wednesday evening during a short working visit to the country. (AP)Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, talks with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, following a joint statement to the press, in the Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City. (AP)

After securing Switzerland and US support over NSG membership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won over Mexico as the host President Enrique Pena Nieto announced his country’s support to India’s membership in the prestigious group ahead of a crucial meeting of the 48-nation nuclear trading bloc in Vienna. .

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced his country’s support to India’s membership for the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) after holding wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a major focus on further deepening cooperation in a range of areas including trade and investment, information technology, energy and space. Here is what PM Narendra Modi said during his speech in Mexico:

Your Excellency President Enrique Peña Nieto

Dear Friends,

Muchas gracias, Señor Presidente!

Thank you, Mr. President for your generous welcome.

I am particularly touched by your warmth and hospitality. Although this is my first visit to your great country as the Prime Minister, I had experienced the richness of your culture during my travel in early nineties as a common Indian. We are meeting for the third time in last two years. I have always found my conversations with you deeply stimulating. I truly value your friendship Mr. President.

Friends, Mexico was the first Latin American country to recognize India. Since then, the trajectory of our all round bilateral ties has shown growing intensity. In 2007 we established Privileged Partnership. Today, during our conversations, President and I held productive discussions on the entire range of bilateral relations, and on global issues of mutual interests. We have agreed to work and develop a roadmap of concrete outcomes to upgrade our ties to a Strategic Partnership.


Ties of business and investment are an important driver of our relationship. Mexico is an important partner for India’s energy security. We are now looking to move beyond a buyer-seller relationship, and into a long-term partnership. Information technology, energy, pharmaceuticals, and automotive industries are among key growth areas of our commercial linkages. But, there is potential to expand our commercial and investment, and Science and Technology partnerships in new areas. In this regard, President and I agreed to find ways to deepen our cooperation in Space, and science and technology. We will also prioritize concrete projects in areas of agricultural research; bio-technology; waste management; disaster warning and management, and solar energy. I would like to particularly thank President Pena Nieto for his support to the International Solar Alliance. It will transform the global canvas for solar technology, especially for developing and Small Island Developing countries.


President and I recognize the opportunities and challenges of this century. We both feel that our growing convergence on international issues allows us to join our capacities to strengthen international regimes of strategic importance. I thank President Pena Nieto for Mexico’s positive and constructive support for India’s membership of the NSG


I see in you a reformer and believer in the destiny of this country. I too am focused on reforming India’s economic and governance structures. This is one area where our sharing of best practices can benefit both our societies. Friends, In his book “In Light of India”, the great author Octavio Paz wrote, “I can understand what it means to be Indian, because I am Mexican”. Of course, it is true the other way too! I believe we have succeeded today in strengthening this mutual understanding further. It has been a wonderful visit. Excellency, I once again thank you for your welcome, your friendship and belief in India-Mexico friendship. And, I look forward to welcoming you Señor Presidente in India at the earliest opportunity.

Thank you, Thank you very much.

Here is the text of India-Mexico Joint Statement during the visit of PM to Mexico

1.At the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, President of the United Mexican States, His Excellency Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India paid a working visit to Mexico on 8th June 2016, with the objective to continue the dialogue held by the two leaders on the margins of the 70thregular session of the United Nations General Assembly on 28th September 2015.

2.The leaders recognized the opportunities to define the path of the India-Mexico Privileged Partnership for the 21st Century that allows the growth of bilateral relations in economic field, in science and technology and in the most important issues of the global agenda reflecting a broad convergence of long-term political, economic and strategic goals.

3.President Enrique Peña Nieto elaborated on the structural reforms undertaken in Mexico to promote economic growth and development. On his part, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi highlighted the initiatives undertaken by his Government for the economic growth and the improvement of standard of living of the people.

In this context, both leaders:

Political Dialogue

4.Instructed the Foreign Ministers of both countries to develop the roadmap of the Privileged Partnership suitable for the 21stCentury, in the framework of the Seventh Mexico-India Joint Commission Meeting to be held in Mexico in 2016.

5.Look forward to the results of the Sixth Meeting of the Joint Committee on Science and Technology, and the Fourth Meeting of the High Level Group on Trade, Investment and Cooperation, which will be held in Mexico during the second half of 2016.

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