Secretary Clinton Departs for Mexico

Posted by Robert Wood
March 25, 2009
Arial View of Mexico City From Secretary's Plane

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Today, at the invitation of Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa, Secretary Clinton departs for Mexico, where she will visit Mexico City and Monterrey. You may follow the Secretary’s travels via an interactive map on state.gov featuring the latest video, photos, and remarks. As you follow along, feel free to text the Secretary your questions about her trip.

We recently asked you on DipNote and Facebook what you would identify as one of the most important aspects of the United States’ relationship with Mexico. Many of you mentioned security and transnational crime. While in Mexico, Secretary Clinton will discuss the Merida Initiative, a multi-year program that demonstrates our commitment to work in partnership with governments in Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to confront criminal organizations whose illicit actions undermine public safety, erode the rule of law and threaten the national security of the United States.

Though security is an important issue, it is one of many on the agenda. The Secretary will discuss a broad range of bilateral and international issues, as U.S. relations with Mexico have a direct impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans. I know firsthand how important our relationship with Mexico is. Mexico City was my first posting as a junior Foreign Service Officer. Though I have returned to Mexico since those days, it has been almost twenty years since I’ve been to Mexico City. I’m curious to see how the city has changed, and I’m looking forward to seeing colleagues at the embassy. Check back here on DipNote for updates about the trip.

Comments

Comments

Michael
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Nevada, USA
March 25, 2009

Michael in Nevada writes:

The most important expression with Mexico and other Central and Latin American countries is that the U.S. will be an EQUAL partner, not a dominating power. Give them respect for a change.

Paul
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Florida, USA
March 25, 2009

Paul in Florida writes:

Have a safe trip Sec. Clinton!

Marlon G.
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New York, USA
March 25, 2009

Marlon G. in New York writes:

Your Honor, I have the greatest respect and admiration for you. You are one of a kind, with her country first always. I know you've sacrificed alot and should be appreciated by all Americans and friends of this great country.

God bless you

Patty B.
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Colorado, USA
March 25, 2009

Patty B. in Colorado writes:

Anderson Cooper's 360 blog had a scary story about Americans being ambushed 7 miles from the U.S. border as they were driving back from the Baja race. It was terrible. No one can visit Mexico anymore because of the drug cartels.

Doesn't Mexico want tourism? They are losing it rapidly. The story will be on 360 tonight.

sjf
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Maryland, USA
March 26, 2009

S.J.F. in Maryland writes:

In a recent article in the Miami Herald (3/25/09), Secretary Clinton said that the U.S. shares blame for Mexico's drug violence. The Secretary has blamed Americans desire for illegal substances to be half the reason drug lords have become powerful, wealthy, and deadly. I completely agree with this belief. It seems to me that the logical thing to do then is stop this worthless, costly war on drugs. If substances were no longer made illegal drug lords in Mexico would not have become powerful, wealthy, and deadly by trying to smuggle their products into America.

There is a drug problem in America and only when we realize that the war on drugs is only escalating the problem will we begin to work toward a real solution.

ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmmmm
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United States
March 26, 2009

T. in U.S.A. writes:

It's not a problem. It's an opportunity. FINALLY Mexico may get help be able to be a country wth a decent paying wage. This will stop the Cartel problem and our Illegal immigration problem.

Hope you have some yummy food there Hillary. BYOW (bring your own water)

Aarti
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United States
March 26, 2009

Aarti in U.S.A. writes:

To discuss the international or bilateral issues with the public should be always clear and it must have a bright thoughtfulness.. The relationship with Mexico is truly important in any regards.

Anne
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Pennsylvania, USA
March 26, 2009

Anne in Pennsylvania writes:

I applaud the United States' decision to acknowledge our country's participation in the Mexican drug war. By acknowledging our role in consuming the drugs, thus fueling the production and distribution, and being willing to exam trucks for weapons we've made great diplomatic strides. Thank you for your work and your service to our country.

Patrick
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Maryland, USA
March 26, 2009

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Hello, Netispherians -- First i'm happy to see Secretary Clinton Visiting Mexico. They are one of our closest allies if we need help in the future. Like we did with the flooding in New Orleans. I think we should try to help them as much as we can with their problems ,sense they would be there if we had some problems. I think this is a great time for Mexico, and the United State to work together on these issues that affect both our countries.

I also like Spokesman Robert Wood's Daily Briefings they are very good, and help keep me up on things going on around the world.

Thanks for Posting Robert

Cya :)

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