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Mexico in the White House

20 May 2010 No Comment

Today, the president of Mexico, Mr. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa and his wife, Mrs. Margarita Zavala were received at the White House by President Barack Obama and his wife. President Obama emphasized about things that can be achieved together and how this visit will further boost bilateral relations between both countries.

“Together, we can help create jobs and prosperity for our people. We can ensure that our common border is secure, modern and efficient, including immigration that is orderly and safe. We can stand firm, and deepen our cooperation, against the drug cartels that threaten our people. And given Mexico’s global leadership, we can stand together for the opportunity and security of all people, in our hemisphere and beyond,” were some of President Obama’s declarations. President Obama also powerfully declared “The United States and Mexico are not simply neighbors, bound by geography and history. We are, by choice, friends and partners. We are bound by our business partners, workers and tourists who fuel our prosperity; by our students and educators who broaden our horizons; and by our men and women in uniform, who serve and sacrifice to keep us safe.”

For his part, President Felipe Calderon proposed to President Obama to move beyond the mutual recriminations which hurt the relationship between Mexico and the United States to address together the challenges posed by organized crime, migration, economic crisis and climate change. “This is the opprtunity to look forward and begin a new era of strategic partnership between Mexico and the United States, based on shared responsibility.”

President Obama’s first state visit, when he was just appointed to office was Mexico, as did Mrs. Obama, who chose Mexico for her first personal visit due to the close ties between our countries. This state visit is one more opportunity to strengthen the relationship between Mexico and the United States.

While in times of intense discussions in issues such as border security and migration arouse, both Presidents Obama and Calderon used their words, not to describe, but to to create a world of possibility for our countries through their statements. It is this future of prosperity that they created and to in which we are living to that which inspires us to make a difference in our lives and in North America’s.

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