Press Release No. 002

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2021


Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma arrives in Washington, D.C.


The arrival of Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma Barragán in Washington, D.C., opens a new bilateral chapter for the protection of the rights of Mexicans and the promotion of economic development.

He will take up his duty as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United States of America, an appointment he was distinguished with by the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and ratified by the Senate of the Republic on February 16, with the approval of all the parliamentary groups in the Senate.

During his tenure, Ambassador Moctezuma Barragán will promote, along with the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, a new dialogue with key counterparts in the United States to identify solutions to common challenges. His priorities include working in the care and defense of Mexicans in the United States, giving immediate attention to the mechanisms that facilitate vaccination against COVID-19 for migrants; drawing attention to the contributions of Mexican communities abroad and fostering bilingualism as an element to strengthen the bond of new generations with Mexico.

Ambassador Moctezuma, in collaboration with the secretariats of Economy, Labor and Agriculture, will also seek to identify and promote trade and investment opportunities within the USMCA framework and maintain a constructive dialogue with chambers of commerce and other relevant actors in the economic sphere. Likewise, he will give impetus to promoting border infrastructure projects between Mexico and the United States and attracting investment and cooperation resources to strengthen the Comprehensive Development Plan in southern Mexico and northern Central America.

Moctezuma Barragán holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a master's degree in Political Economy from the University of Cambridge, England. Before he was appointed ambassador to the United States, he served as Secretary of Public Education and, prior to that, as Secretary for Social Development, Senator of the Republic and Secretary of the Interior, among other important positions.