Peres Meets Billionaire Slim in Mexico

Carlos Slim, second only to Bill Gates in wealth, hails Israel as a world leader in technology.

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President Shimon Peres met Mexico's wealthiest businessman, Carlos Slim, Wednesday. Slim is reported to be the world's second wealthiest man, after Bill Gates.

Peres is on a state visit to Mexico, together with a delegation of 80 top Israeli executives that is seeking to deepen economic, diplomatic and security cooperation between the two countries.

Peres said, "The fact that Israel did not have natural resources led us to rely on and nurture our human resources and encourage young people in Israel to dare, to break through barriers, and to think big."

Financial news site Globes reports that Peres extended an invitation to Slim to come to Israel at the head of a delegation of his senior executives and see at first hand the technological developments that Israel has to offer.

Slim said that he was touched to receive such an invitation and will be happy to visit Israel.

He added, "Technology is the engine of the present era and the Slim Group will be happy to take part in additional investments in Israel. We like to have our finger on the pulse of everything regarding new technologies and I know that in this Israel is a world leader, so we are interested in Israeli developments. I'm glad that through our connection and friendship the opportunity was created for this unique visit here by the Israeli delegation to Grupo Carso."

Earlier this month, adds Globes, Slim's América Móvil SAB de CV made a strategic investment in mobile social networks photo and video-sharing platform Mobli Ltd. as part of the Israeli start-up's $60 million financing round.