Mexico–South Africa relations
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.
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.
Presidential visits from Mexico to South Africa
Presidential visits from South Africa to Mexico
In 2016, total trade between the two nations amounted to $454 million USD. Mexico is South Africa's third biggest trading partner in Latin America and South Africa is Mexico's biggest trading partner in Africa.
Resident diplomatic missions
- Bilateral relations between Mexico and South Africa (in Spanish)
- Mexican Ministry of the Economy: South Africa (in Spanish)
- Minister Dlamini Zuma to Hold Discussions with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Cape Town
- Embassy of Mexico in Pretoria (in English and Spanish)
- South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation: Mexico
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