Mexico can be a gateway for Ireland to the rest of Latin America because of our countries' "wonderful relationship" said President Higgins.
The President finished the first leg of his Central American tour to a standing ovation today where he celebrated the new economic, cultural and educational ties between Ireland and Mexico.
Mr Higgins was speaking at the Foreign Ministry to hundreds of students from Latin America's largest university, University of Mexico.
He told Independent.ie that our trade with Mexico is worth over €1 billion, the equivalent of trading with five countries in Latin America and he sees the relationship expanding even further as a result of his official visit.
The President said it had been a very positive visit for the two countries and that the quality of the private meetings were of an "extensive level."
He addressed the current situation in Northern Ireland when asked by a student in the audience. Mr Higgins said we have a peace process but it needs regular attention.
He receives the keys of Mexico City later today before he departs for the second leg of the tour to El Salvador.