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Monday, November 28, 2016

President Peña Nieto on the U.S. Transition, Trade and Mexico's Navy

Office of the Mexican Presidency

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said that, “The meeting with the Mexican government and its institutions will take place after the US president-elect has appointed his cabinet.

In an interview held during the activities commemorating Mexican Navy Day, the president declared that, “No one has been appointed to represent the Mexican government to the US transition team. We realize that the new US cabinet is still being formed and that the US government is in transition, he explained.

At this point, he repeated, “There is no conversation, no dialogue, and no one has been designated to perform this task.”

He said that the relationship will take place from government to government, once the US president takes the oath of office on January 20.”

The president said that no date has been set for a meeting with US president-elect Donald Trump. He added that, “We must make dialogue the means of finding, in conjunction with the US government, a means of setting a new agenda for bilateral relations, which will address sensitive issues for both governments within a framework of absolute respect for our sovereignties, and a willingness to construct.”

“This is the task to which we shall devote ourselves, once the new government is in power. I would like to make it quite clear that everything else is mere speculation with no basis,” he said.

He said that the government will continue to work with the heads of the various agencies to fully assume its responsibility.”

He said that the agenda, which “we have worked on with the US government, will be concluded in order to begin a new agenda and a new working strategy with the next US government.”

We want to expand the level of trade we have with 46 countries

Regarding the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), President Peña Nieto said that, “It is too early to say what route will be taken,” and he made it quite clear that, “Mexico will continue working on the free trade route.”

He declared: “What is a reality today is the Free Trade Agreements Mexico has signed with 46 countries around the world, which we should intensify. We want to expand the level of trade we have with those 46 countries.”

“The trade agreement we have with North America is obviously a priority, and it will remain a central issue,” he declared.

The president also noted that the Mexican government, through its consulates, defends and advises our fellow countrymen living in the United States.

United we are stronger, together we can beat any adversity and overcome any challenge

In the event commemorating Mexican Navy Day, President Peña Nieto recalled that in recent days he urged Mexicans to close ranks to move forward with unity of purpose and action. “United we are stronger, together we will be able to overcome any adversity and meet any challenge,” he said.

He said that for Mexico’s Armed Forces, being a single corps is what gives it a sense of cohesion and unity, and enables it to serve the country with honor, duty, loyalty and patriotism.

To the members of the Mexican Navy, he said: “You, as members of our Armed Forces, have taught us that Mexico is a single country and that we are building it together, on a daily basis. It is our common home, our biggest project, our collective mission.”

For all of you, serving Mexico is more than a job, it is a way of being. The force that moves you are naval principles and values, and merit and glory are your greatest rewards. Defy winds and storms with your mettle and strength of character to lead our country to a successful conclusion,” he said.

After thanking and congratulating Mexican marines on their vocation of service to the country, the president also recalled that he was privileged to receive the certificate accrediting the Revillagigedo Archipelago as a World Heritage Site.

In this remote area, located 720 kilometers off the coast of Colima, he added, “The Mexican Navy is present, serving the country.” It has done so for almost 60 years, “Overcoming conditions of isolation and always proving its unwavering dedication to service to protect the territorial integrity and the vast natural resources of these islands.”

He said the Revillagigedo Naval Base, “Is one of many examples of unreserved commitment, institutional loyalty and above all, the intense patriotism of the members of the Mexican Navy.”

The president said that another task in which the country’s marines have shown their vocation of service to Mexico, “Is the assistance to the civilian population in an emergency or disaster.”

He added that this year's Navy Day celebration has special significance because it is part of the 50th Anniversary of the Navy Plan, the ultimate expression of solidarity, fraternity and generosity of this institution.” He added that since 1966, “The heroism of the Mexican Navy has been demonstrated countless times when it has assisted, rescued and saved the lives of thousands of Mexicans.”

“This has been witnessed by the crew of boats that have been stranded or had accidents at sea. For them, the arrival of our marines has been synonymous with tranquility, encouragement and hope. Moreover, together with the Army and Air Force, you have participated in most of the disaster, rescue and protection actions for communities affected by natural disasters or major accidents,” he added.

He explained that, “In the event of earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and landslides, members of the armed forces are the first to arrive and the last to leave. They are present from the moment the emergency starts, through the stages of cleaning up and the protection of families’ assets to reconstruction. Crossing rivers, forests and mountains, they have given their courageous support to those who have been affected or injured in the most difficult moments.”

The president said that, at the ceremony of promotions and decorations to mark the 106th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, Navy Secretary Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz “Reiterated the demand for the Armed Forces to move towards a legal framework that guarantees their public security actions.” The government, he continued, “Endorses this position and will address this pending issue, which will give certainty to the soldiers, airmen and marines who watch over our peace.”


Presidency of the Republic, Nov. 23, 2016, Mexico, DF; translation Presidency of the Republic

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