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Monday, February 27, 2017

Mexico's President Receives US Secretaries of State and Homeland Security

Presidency of the Republic

President Enrique Peña Nieto received US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

President Peña Nieto said that the meeting comes at a time when it is essential to strengthen dialogue. The president highlighted the willingness of both governments to take this route, with respect for the sovereignty of both countries. The president noted that Mexico will negotiated integrally with a strong position and in favor of the interests of our country.

President Peña Nieto declared that for the Mexican government, the protection of Mexicans in the United States and respect for their rights is one of its highest priorities.

Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso informed the president of the topics discussed in the meetings held earlier by the delegations, adding that they are a first step in what will be a process lasting several months. He acknowledged the professionalism and constructive approach of Secretaries Tillerson and Kelly as representatives of the US government.

At the end of the meeting, President Peña Nieto said that the presence of the two secretaries in Mexico at this early stage of President Donald Trump’s administration reflects the interest in building a positive relationship that will provide better conditions of security, development and prosperity for Mexico and the United States.

The meeting was attended by the Secretaries of the Interior Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, and Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso; Head of the President’s Office Francisco Guzmán Ortiz; Undersecretary for North America Carlos Sada Solana; and Coordinator of the President’s Advisors Carlos Perez Verdia Canales. In addition to the two secretaries, the US government was represented by US Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson, and Margaret Peterlin and Kirstjen Nielsen, Heads of Office of the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security respectively.

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Presidencia de la República, Mexico City, Feb. 23, 2017

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