6 Mar 2013

NZ and Mexico pledge to strengthen trade ties

10:14 pm on 6 March 2013

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and President Enrique Pena Nieto have emerged from talks in Mexico City pledging to boost trade ties between the countries.

Mr Key also invited Mr Pena Nieto to visit New Zealand.

There was a last-minute change to the venue for the meeting due to protests over changes by the Mexican government to labour laws and education.

Mr Key and Mr Pena Nieto met for about 45 minutes at Chapultepec Castle in central Mexico City, rather than the National Palace as originally planned.

Mr Pena Nieto said agri-business is a key area where the nations can work more closely, sharing technology and innovation.

He said he is interested in building a true strategic alliance with New Zealand, as Mexico turns its focus to the Asia-Pacific region and thanked Mr Key for New Zealand's support in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

John Key said that he sees Mexico as a very important partner in those discussions.