Mexico and Tonga established diplomatic relations on 26 September 2008. After the establishment of diplomatic relations, Mexico accredited its ambassador resident in New Zealand to the Government of Tonga. The majority of the diplomatic relations between Mexico and Tonga take place in multilateral forums such as at the United Nations. In November 2010, the Head of the Climate Change Division at the Tongan Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Sione Tukia Lepa, represented Tonga at the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Cancún, Mexico.
There is a mutual interest in strengthening the bilateral relationship between both nations on issues such as technical, educational and cultural cooperation that promotes the development of Tonga, including the technical training of young Tongan people, the learning of Spanish in schools and the promotion and understanding of Mexican culture. Since 2016, the Mexican government offers each year scholarships for nationals of Tonga to study postgraduate studies at Mexican higher education institutions.
Over the years, Tonga has been used to transit various drugs from Mexican carteles to Tonga for distribution to neighboring Pacific states such as Australia and New Zealand. A few cartels have hired Tongans as bodyguards and have use them to transport drugs within the United States and to various Pacific islands.
In 2018, both nations celebrated 10 years of diplomatic relations.
In 2018, trade between Mexico and Tonga totaled US$13 thousand dollars. Mexico's main export to Tonga include: chewing gum; bakery and pastry products; sanitary pads; baby diapers and food preparations. Tonga's main exports to Mexico include: sea products and sport shirts.
- Mexico is accredited to Tonga from its embassy in Wellington, New Zealand.
- Tonga is accredited to Mexico from its Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City.
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