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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lavrov Talks Energy With Mexicans

APForeign Minister Lavrov, left, shaking hands with his Mexican counterpart Derbez in Mexico City on Wednesday.
MEXICO CITY -- Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed energy issues with his Mexican counterpart Wednesday, saying that government officials and private sector leaders from both countries had discussed joint investment in natural-gas production.

At a news conference with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez, Lavrov said Moscow was "interested in joint investments and, moreover, we have concrete plans to that effect."

"Our governments, the appropriate ministers and secretaries, [and] private companies are in contact with one another about different aspects of the cooperation on energy issues," he said.

During his visit to Mexico City, Lavrov met briefly with President Vicente Fox, who signed an agreement pledging greater cooperation on energy issues during a visit to Russia in June.

Asked about investment by Mexican state-run oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, in Russian natural-gas production, Lavrov said that Pemex had been collaborating with the Russian oil interests in various aspects, including natural gas.

"They are in very concrete negotiations, and I think they will end with success," he said.

Lavrov also spent much of the day behind closed doors with Derbez, who said the pair also discussed terrorism, touching on the need to hammer out a clear international definition of terrorism and to guarantee the protection of human rights while working to combat it around the world.

Derbez said Mexico hoped to announce in the coming months a new visa system that would extend permission for multiple entries into the country for up to three years for those arriving on business and up to five years for tourists.