The Texas-Mexico relationship is a successful one: Countless economic, social and family ties attest to a close and productive partnership. Together, we work on security, migration and environmental protection, among other pressing challenges.

Building on our successes and confronting our challenges demands cooperation and concerted action.

Mexico’s undersecretary for North American affairs, Sergio Alcocer, was honored to attend Gov. Greg Abbott’s inauguration in January. On that solemn occasion, he expressed Mexico’s interest in fostering stronger ties with Texas. Since then, he has visited the Lone Star State several times to discuss issues of common concern, such as security, migration, water and border infrastructure. In April, Carlos Cascos, Texas’ secretary of state, traveled to Mexico to hold talks on a wide-ranging agenda. His two-day visit showed a renewed commitment on the part of Texas to a joint approach to face our common challenges.

The frank and productive exchange of ideas that we have been able to develop in the course of a few months reflects the disposition of both Mexico and Texas to work together. We are looking for new and more effective approaches to long-standing issues. We also are promoting new initiatives — among them, increasing student and faculty exchanges between Mexican and Texas colleges, as well as launching joint research and innovation projects. We strive for a constant, open and constructive dialogue between key decision-makers on both sides of the border.

I am deeply grateful for Gov. Abbott’s invitation that allows me to visit Austin on Thursday. I look forward to doing my part in fostering a closer partnership between Texas and Mexico. During my stay in the state’s capital, I will convey an invitation for Gov. Abbott to visit Mexico City in the near future, so that we can continue this fruitful conversation over the months and years to come.

We can learn much from the border communities of Texas and Mexico. Countless people go back and forth every day, traveling, working and living safely and productively in both countries. They turn challenges into opportunities, and so should we all.

Mexico and Texas can draw inspiration from previous administrations that served our societies well by building understanding and friendship. We may not always agree on the best course of action, but we must realize that fostering a closer dialogue is the best way to enhance our cooperation and achieve our shared goals of prosperity, security and a better quality of life for our societies.