- The Foreign Secretary provided renewed instructions to the Ambassador and 49 consuls of Mexico in the United States.
- Ruiz Massieu met with the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.
- The Secretary met with democratic and republican senators to strengthen bilateral collaboration.
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, met with the heads of the Mexican consular network in Washington, D.C. this Tuesday to review the strategy and work agenda of Mexico and its 50 consular representations in the country.
Mexico’s head of foreign Affairs renewed her instructions to proactively promote the contributions of Mexicans in the United States with greater impetus and determinations, and to complement their consular protection work through boosting dialogue with diverse sets of actors in U.S. society.
Ruiz Massieu underscored that the work done by the Foreign Ministry, the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, and the 49 consulates must be faithfully reflected at the state and local levels in order for the American people to have a more balanced image of the value that the Mexican community provides to the country.
Before their meeting with the Foreign Secretary, the consuls of Mexico held a series of regional meetings to discuss the particularities of their respective representations and Exchange experiences and lessons learned.
With these sessions, the consuls concluded their visit to the U.S. capital, which also included work sessions with the Under Secretary for North America, Paulo Carreño, and the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Carlos Sada.
Later, Foreign Secretary Ruiz Massieu met with the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan (R-WI), and they both recognized the need for both countries to maintain a permanent dialogue as a mechanism for resolving any issues that might come up in a timely and effective manner.
Secretary Ruiz Massieu reaffirmed Mexico’s commitment to continue working closely with the United States on a shared agenda with the current and future U.S. administrations. Ryan agreed that the United States and Mexico are “neighbors, partners, and friends” on a variety of issues. He highlighted the great potential for both countries to work together on a variety of issues, such as the energy reform promoted by President Enrique Peña Nieto which, in his opinion, opened an area of opportunity for bilateral collaboration. He also underscored Mexico’s efforts to modernize the border and the need to continue working in coordination to make it more efficient.
The Foreign Secretary, for her part, emphasized that both countries must continue working to make the border more dynamic and secure at the same time, as well as the necessity for joint investment in modernizing infrastructure. She pointed out a few examples such as the recent inauguration of the pedestrian bridge in the Tijuana airport which connects directly to San Diego, and the pre-inspection pilot program taking place in Laredo, Texas.
Also present in the meeting was the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Relations, Ed Royce (R-CA), who recognized the importance of the education reform recently passed in Mexico as a transcendental step and pointed out the interest of legislators in sending larger and more frequent delegations to Mexico in order for congressmen to better understand the importance of the bilateral relationship. The Foreign Secretary welcomed that idea and assured that the legislators would be well-received when they decide to visit our country.
Secretary Ruiz Massieu was accompanied by the Under Secretary for North America, Paulo Carreño King; the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Carlos M. Sada Solana; and the Foreign Secretary’s Chief of Staff Ana Paola Barbosa Fernández.
The Foreign Secretary later met with members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Committee Chairman Bob Corker was accompanied by republican Senators Cory Gardner, James Risch and John Isaakson, and ranking member Benjamin Cardin, was accompanied by his democratic colleagues Tim Kaine, Robert Menendez and Ed Markey.
During their discussions, the senators recognized the contributions of the Mexican and Mexican-American communities to their states, as well as the benefits of a dynamic, and inclusive bilateral relationship with reachable goals in the medium and long terms. In an open dialogue, the senators recognized the role of Mexico in the region and the active role that both countries must play to achieve benefits for the continent.
The Secretary announced that during the next North American Leaders Summit, the countries would be discussing the trilateral opportunities and challenges that must be attended to in order to promote a more secure and competitive region that provides benefits to our societies.
The participants agreed to continue this dialogue with the U.S. Congress, an essential actor in the proposals and decision-making that impact the bilateral relationship.
This is the first occasion in which the Committee has hosted a Mexican Foreign Secretary.