Washington, D.C., January 11th, 2019
AMBASSADOR MARTHA BÁRCENA PRESENTED HER DIPLOMATIC CREDENTIALS TO U.S. PRESIDENT, DONALD J. TRUMP
- Her mission is to contribute to the friendship and cooperation between the two nations, based on mutual respect and benefit.
The Embassy of Mexico in the United States informs that Ambassador Martha Bárcena presented the Letters of Credence that accredit her as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America to H.E. Donald J. Trump.
Ambassador Bárcena, the first female Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, told President Trump that the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, instructed her to promote a continuous dialogue and understanding with the U.S. Administration, and to contribute to the regional efforts to foster development in the South of Mexico and Central America, so migration becomes an option and not a necessity.
At the Oval Office, Ambassador Bárcena shared with President Trump the projects launched by President López Obrador to improve the Mexican economy and well-being of its citizens through the implementation of focalized schemes of development.
She also highlighted the importance of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) for the competitiveness and productivity of North America, and the intention of the Mexican Government to consolidate our shared border as an example of coexistence, creativity and innovation for the world.
Ambassador Bárcena made special mention of the invaluable contribution of Mexicans and Mexican origin citizens to the society, culture and economy of the United States, as well as the historical and geographical ties that have historically linked both countries.
After the ceremony, Ambassador Bárcena honored the memory of former Mexican President Benito Juárez, by placing a wreath at his statue, located in New Hampshire Avenue in Washington, D.C.
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LETTERS OF CREDENCE
Washington, D.C., January 11th, 2019.
Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America
It is a great honor and a privilege to present to you the Letters of Credence signed by the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, that accredits me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America.
As the first female ambassador of Mexico in the history of our bilateral relations, my mission is to contribute to the friendship and cooperation between our two nations, based on mutual respect and benefit.
At the beginning of the government of President López Obrador, democratically elected by the largest popular support with a mandate to transform the country, specifically to tackle corruption and inequality in Mexico, my instructions are to promote a continuous dialogue and understanding with your Administration, in order to contribute to the national efforts to develop the South of Mexico and Central America, so that a safe, orderly and regular migration becomes an option and not a necessity.
Thus, the government of President López Obrador commends the support of your Government to authorize up to an additional 2 billion dollars for a US economic cooperation program with Mexico, through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
President López Obrador has initiated several projects to improve the economy and to allow Mexican citizens to remain and prosper in their places of origin. Thereby, focalized schemes of development (cortinas de desarrollo) are being implemented from the South to the North of the country.
In the South, the groundwork has been laid for the construction of the Mayan Train in the Yucatán peninsula, the development zone in the Tehuantepec isthmus and the sowing of timber and fruit trees in one million acres.
In the northern border, the President signed an agreement to reduce the value added tax from 16 to 8 percent, the income tax and the price of fuel, as well as to double the minimum wage in order to attract investment and generate more jobs with better wages.
Accordingly, Mexico wishes to consolidate a border of wellbeing and security for both people that becomes an example of coexistence, creativity and innovation for the world. I am convinced that with your patriotism and vision we will achieve this goal.
In the upcoming months, Mr. President, the legislative branches of the three signatory countries of the USMCA (T-MEC) will advance into the ratification process of this agreement that represents a great opportunity to become more productive, and to benefit North American workers and companies.
Finally, I would like to emphasize, Mr. President, the invaluable contribution of Mexicans and of American citizens of Mexican origin to the society, culture and economy of the United States. History and Geography bind us since the independence of both countries and together we will show the world that our relations can be an example of cordiality, cooperation and understanding.
Your Excellency, please accept the assurances of my highest and distinguished consideration.
Martha Bárcena Coqui
Ambassador of Mexico
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