Mexico is an essential ally of Spain and both nations hope to see a deepening of their already magnificent relationship, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Zapatero said he was pleased with Calderon's early visit to Spain. The Mexican president, who took power on Dec. 1, arrived in Madrid on Monday.
Zapatero said Mexico is the top destination for Spanish investment in Latin America, and Spain is the second largest investor in Mexico after the United States. From 2000 to 2005 Spain invested more than 15 billion euros (19.5 billion U.S. dollars) in Mexico, he added.
Calderon said he hoped the two countries will "deepen political, economic, cultural and trade links," which will be beneficial to both peoples in the future.
He said the two leaders had agreed on ways to strengthen the Ibero-American meetings and integration of the Ibero-American region, especially in Central America where both nations could contribute.
The two leaders also proposed establishing an Ibero-American cultural center in Mexico to develop and spread their common culture.
Calderon invited Zapatero to visit Mexico, which will probably take place as soon as in the summer.
The Mexican president was due to leave Spain on Tuesday night. It is the last stop of his European tour which has taken him to Switzerland, Germany and Britain.