Mexico City, D.F. — Federal Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, offered to Mexico her country’s support for the fight against organized crime noting it is necessary to support the strengthening of institutions.
In a speech during her recent visit to the country’s capital city, Merkel said it is important that there are structures where there is a fight against corruption and there is transparency in Mexico.
President Enrique Peña Nieto and Chancellor Angela Merkel met privately for 40 minutes, afterward offering a message to the media in which they agreed on mutual support to strengthen economic, commercial and political cooperation ties.
President Peña Nieto called for Merkel’s support so that in 2017, the agreement between Mexico and the European Union, which is about to enter into a third negotiation phase, can be concluded.
The German chancellor said that President Peña Nieto addressed the issue of the situation of human rights and the need for freedom of the press and expression, and that the representative of free expression are independent journalists.
“I am happy to see that many efforts have been made to ensure the protection of journalists,” she said.
President Enrique Peña Nieto stressed that Merkel’s visit is at a crucial moment for the world where efforts are aimed at defending values such as democracy, free trade and protection of the environment and human rights.
Peña Nieto said that he offered Chancellor Merkel the support of Mexico to the leadership of Germany for the next G20 meeting, as well as Mexico’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and the conservation of biodiversity.