Published On: Tue, Apr 15th, 2014

The Foreign Ministers of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia held meetings in Mexico

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The Foreign Ministers of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia are in Mexico City for a two-day meeting that began on Sunday April 13th, 2014.

The purpose of the meeting was to exchange views on multilateral issues and strengthen their ties in various areas of the bilateral relationships.

The meeting held at Chapultepec Castle in México City,  aimed to promote discussion between the afore-mentioned countries in order to strengthen cooperation and contribute to finding solutions to major global challenges.

At this meeting, the foreign ministers of Mexico, José Antonio Meade; Indonesia, Marty Natalegawa; South Korea, Yun Byung-se; Turkey, Ahmed Davutoglu; and Australia, Julie Bishop, discussed the current international political situation and international issues, including the post-2015 development goals, cybersecurity, climate change, human rights, migration and the reform of the United Nations Security Council, among others.

Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia are among the 20 most important economies in the world and are established democracies that play a constructive, responsible and conciliatory role regarding global governance.

The foreign ministers of these five countries met for the first time in September 2013 in New York. At that meeting, they agreed to hold meetings twice a year, during the G20 summit and on the sidelines of each regular session of the U.N. General Assembly. It was also agreed that Mexico would coordinate the work of the group for the first year and would organize this meeting of foreign ministers in 2014.


For the Mexican government, this type of high-level meetings is consistent with the goal of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration to position Mexico as an actor with global responsibility.

Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia have demonstrated their ability to have high growth rates and open economies that benefit from free trade and foreign investment. From a geopolitical point of view, they provide a bridge between neighboring regions.

The group conformed by Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia (informally known as MIKTA), analyzed global issues and strategies to promote their bilateral and group relations. They also discussed developing their dialogue and a common cooperation agenda. This is the second time the foreign ministers have met in the last six months.

The ministers stressed their common interests and similarities, such as the fact that they all represent open economies that promote free trade and foreign investment; are large democracies with strong economies and the potential for rapid growth; and they have strong domestic markets, moderate inflation and populations with increasing purchasing power. The ministers agreed to meet again in September in New York on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly. Australia will convene a meeting for informal consultations among the leaders in November during the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane. In September, the Republic of Korea will take over the coordination of the dialogue from Mexico and will facilitate next year’s consultations and organize a ministerial meeting in the first half of 2015.

The foreign ministers participated in two sessions. In the first session, they discussed the benefits of a dialogue for their countries. The ministers noted that the gradual transformation of the international system has opened a window of opportunity for their countries to take on a constructive and conciliatory role for dealing with pressing international problems, including frequent consultations on situations that may affect international peace and security. They said that this dialogue and their commitment could help strengthen their relations and establish better cooperation, including on global governance, trade, and development.

During the second working session, the ministers discussed the current international political situation, including Syria, Ukraine and the Korean Peninsula, and global issues such as the growing collective efforts to make development cooperation more effective, the post-2015 development agenda, cyberspace security, climate change, human rights and migration and reform of the United Nations Security Council. They also agreed to expand their dialogue on trade and development in international forums such as the United Nations and the G20.


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