Britain seeks to boost ties with Mexico visit

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Britain's deputy prime minister Nick Clegg sought to push ties with Latin America with a visit to Mexico Tuesday, accompanied by a top-level business delegation.

"Mexico is the most open economy in this region," Clegg told a Mexico City news conference, after meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Clegg said he hoped British trade with Mexico would increase from current levels of barely one percent of Mexico's imports.

The Mexican leader said joint trade rose 30 percent between 2009 and 2010 and the two countries would seek to double their commercial exchange by 2015.

"We can and we must increase our commercial ties," Calderon added.

Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats -- the junior party which governs with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives -- was also due to address the Mexican Senate in Spanish and take part in a Mexican TV interview.

He was traveling with the vice chancellors of several British universities also seeking to win business for that sector.

© 2011 AFP

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