Foreign Secretary Liz Truss visits Mexico to boost diplomatic and economic ties

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss recently visited Mexico in a bid to boost Britain’s economic and diplomatic partnerships in the country, and the wider region.

Truss travelled directly from the UN General Assembly in New York to Mexico City to boost UK trade and investment in Mexico, due to be the world’s 7th biggest economy by 2050.

During her visit the Foreign Secretary was set to talk to her Mexican counterpart, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

The Foreign Secretary said: “Closer ties with Mexico are a key part of our plan to strengthen economic, security and diplomatic links with like-minded allies who share our belief in free enterprise and free trade.

“A trade deal with Mexico, for example, will pave the way for us to join the CPTTP, one of the world’s biggest free trade areas.

“Our relationship with Mexico has huge potential. It could open vast new opportunities for businesses, support jobs across Britain, and help ensure we play a key role in an open and dynamic Indo-Pacific.”

During the visit, the Foreign Secretary was also set to formally open the new British Embassy building in Mexico City, after the previous one was damaged in the 2017 earthquake, and attend a dinner with celebrity British-Mexican chef Fernando Stovell, who has cooked for Her Majesty The Queen.

The Foreign Secretary was set to call for Mexico’s continued support for Britain’s accession into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and discuss plans to develop a new, updated UK-Mexico free trade agreement, which Truss sees as a key part of Britain’s tilt towards the Indo-Pacific and the creation of stronger economic ties between countries who believe in rules-based free trade.