Washington, DC, January 25, 2018.
The Embassy of Mexico in the United States informs that Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez and other Embassy officials hosted more than 20 U.S. mayors last night at the Mexican Cultural Institute. The mayors are currently in Washington to participate in the 86th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors. The event last night gave the officials a chance to dialogue and exchange opinions on issues of mutual interest such as trade, innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness and immigration, in order to broaden and improve relations between both countries.
During his welcoming remarks, Ambassador Gutiérrez underscored the crucial role of mayors in development and the well-being of their communities—particularly with regard to current challenges in technology, shifting demographics and migration—as well as their leadership and the work that mayors engage in to strengthen the relationship between Mexico and the United States. “Today, more than ever, leaders who believe that the U.S. and Mexico can and should have a good, respectful relationship that works for both sides are called upon to raise their voices”, he said.
For their part, mayors Betsy Price and Megan Barry of Fort Worth, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, respectively, as well as the Mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, co-hosted the event and recognized the positive contributions and strategic advantages that their relationship with Mexico has had for their communities both in matters of trade, as well as in cultural and human terms.
The Mayor of Los Angeles, California, Eric Garcetti, agreed that the relationship between both countries is in a defining moment, requiring that local leaders be committed to reaffirming the friendship and ties that bind us. “We need friendship. We need to make sure that nobody hurts the character and nature of who we are, whether as Mexican, Mexican-American, or as immigrants as well,” he said.
Finally, the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, called the event an opportunity to send a positive message. “It’s a defining moment, let’s make sure we are on the right side of history when generations are looking back and asking where were we, where were we standing, what did we do and if we worked to make a positive difference.”
These types of meetings are part of the agenda which the Ambassador and other officials from the foreign ministry regularly conduct to identify areas of agreement and collaboration with key actors in this country.