Mexico City, July 21, 2016


Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu and Presidential Spokesman Eduardo Sánchez informed that President Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit to Washington, D.C. starts today and will focus on climate change, energy, regional cooperation and border issues.

The visit, at the invitation of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, will be the second between the two leaders in less than a month, said Secretary Ruiz Massieu, and will serve to follow up on the agreements reached during their recent bilateral meeting held on June 29th during the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa.

During a press conference, the Foreign Secretary affirmed that the upcoming meeting “represents a unique opportunity to review the state of the bilateral agenda that both presidents have promoted ahead of the imminent change in the United States administration.”

The bilateral meeting the two leaders will be held at the White House on Friday, is a sign of how fluid the relationship between Mexico and the United States has become, an intense, mature relationship that constantly grows stronger and has a clear strategic objective—to make North America the most competitive and prosperous region in the world through an integration process that is deeper every day. 

Ruiz Massieu underscored that “political moments in both Mexico and the United States can vary, but the prosperity of both societies must be a permanent interest of both governments. That is why, in this meeting between Presidents Peña Nieto and Obama, they will seek the Institutionalization of the Mechanisms of the Bilateral Agenda which, in just three years, have made clear achievements.”

The bilateral agenda is broad, multi-themed and centered on issues such as migration and security, competitiveness, promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and the creation of a 21st century labor force.

The official meeting the leaders will hold tomorrow is critical to ensure that future generations will benefit from this solid binational structure which complements one of the most stable structures of political dialogue and trade integration in the world.

The Foreign Secretary added that “the results that will be obtained from this visit represent a very important step towards broadening and deepening our dialogue with the United States.” 

The President of Mexico will be accompanied during his visit by Secretary Ruiz Massieu and the Secretary of Finance, Luis Videgaray, the Secretary of the Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, the Attorney General, Arely Gómez, the President’s Chief of Staff, Frank Guzmán, and the Spokesman of the Mexican Government, Eduardo Sánchez.