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.