Monday, February 6, 2017
A Message to Mexicans from President Enrique Peña Nieto
Office of the Mexican Presidency
In my New Year's message, I said that
2017 would bring great challenges, one of which would be to build a positive relationship with the incoming United States
That relationship must be based on national sovereignty, respect for our dignity and independence,
as well as friendship and cooperation between two peoples who are neighbors, friends and business partners.
is the position Mexico has adopted, which we must maintain.
Last Friday [January 27] I spoke by phone with the United
States president for an hour to underline the importance Mexicans give these fundamentals, which are inalienable.
we did not reach agreements on any issue, this conversation opened spaces for the government of Mexico and the government
of the United States to continue their dialogue.
The president of the United States and I decided that
our representatives should continue doing their work and continue their rapprochement.
I will inform Mexicans
of the progress and implications of each stage of these negotiations.
I realize that complex moments and hard
times lie ahead.
My responsibility is to protect the assets of Mexican families, ensure the opportunities our children
and youth deserve, seek the growth of the national economy and, of course, defend fellow countrymen who live or are in the
Precisely to strengthen the protection of their freedom, their rights and their dignity, I have instructed
over one billion additional pesos to be channeled to our network of consulates in the United States.
have great challenges, but we are prepared to face them.
Mexico occupies a key position in the world and we have
trade agreements with over 40 countries, which speaks of our economic openness and the potential for trade we can leverage
with Latin America, Europe and Asia.
In fact, thanks to the productivity of Mexican workers and the competitiveness
of companies established here, our country is one of the world's15 largest economies.
I appreciate and am
grateful for the fact that, in recent days, many voices have been raised here, in the United States, and the world, to express
their appreciation and solidarity with Mexico.
As president and as a Mexican, I'm excited by the support our
country has received. It is recognition for all Mexicans.
It is a result of the fact that over many years, Mexico
has distinguished itself as a country that defends peace, respects all nations and promotes coexistence and cooperation.
let us remember that Mexicans are acknowledged throughout the world for the values we have in our families and as a society;
for the pride we feel in our exceptional history and culture; in our vocation for work and dedication.
all, we must remember that Mexico has a great asset: national unity.
National unity has been Mexico’s great
strength throughout its history.
National unity must be the cornerstone of our strategy and actions, both
within the country and abroad.
National unity must encourage us to work with more energy, so that young people train
better, heads of household are treated with respect, workers and business people do their jobs, and government employees serve
citizens with honesty and effectiveness. In short, so that we all give our best for Mexico.
Today, as never before,
I am proud to be Mexican and even prouder to be the president of a great people: the people of Mexico.
Enrique Peña Nieto
of the Republic, Jan. 30, 2017, Mexico, DF; translation by Presidency of the Republic Blog