Mexico reiterates Asia focus after Japan FM meeting

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto reiterated his country's desire to strengthen ties between Asia and Latin America in a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday.

The Mexican president recognized "the importance of advancing cooperation in Asia and Latin America" during the meeting, a statement released by Mexico's Foreign Ministry said.

Pena Nieto, who visited China and Japan earlier in April, said Mexico had a renewed interest in "participating actively in the Asia-Pacific economy, for which Japan is a strategic partner," the statement added.

Mexico has invited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit the Latin American country, the statement said.