Mexico–South Africa relations

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


South Africa

Mexico–South Africa relations refers to the diplomatic relations between Mexico and South Africa. Mexico has an embassy in Pretoria and South Africa has an embassy in Mexico City.


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]

Present day[edit]

Today, Mexican-South African relations are good and the two countries work closely together in multilateral fora on issues such as South-South co-operation and nuclear disarmament. Mexico is South Africa's third biggest trading partner in Latin America and South Africa is Mexico's biggest trading partner in Africa.[2]

Both countries 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.[3]

Common memberships[edit]

Both nations are newly industrialized countries and regional powers and are members of the G20.


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