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. Both nations are members of the G-20 major economies and the United Nations.


Former Presidents Felipe Calderón and Thabo Mbeki attending a G-5 summit in 2007.
Unveiling of a bust of Nelson Mandela at the Museo Memoria y Tolerancia in Mexico City, 2014.

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]

The two countries work on issues such as South-South co-operation and nuclear disarmament. Both countries also 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.[1]

State visits[edit]

Presidential visits from Mexico to South Africa

Presidential visits from South Africa to Mexico

Trade relations[edit]

In 2016, total trade between the two nations amounted to $454 million USD.[2] Mexico is South Africa's third biggest trading partner in Latin America and South Africa is Mexico's biggest trading partner in Africa.[3]

Resident diplomatic missions[edit]

See also[edit]