Secretary Kerry Emphasizes Educational, Economic, and Security Ties with Mexican Counterparts

Posted by Michelle Bennett
May 22, 2014
Secretary Kerry Chats With Staffers at American Cultural Booth in Zocalo Plaza

Secretary of State John Kerry visited Mexico City on May 21 and 22, his first visit to Mexico as Secretary of State.

During his visit, Secretary Kerry met with President Enrique Peña Nieto, Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, and Education Secretary Emilio Chuayffet.  

Secretary Kerry lauded the President for Mexico’s commitment to strengthening North America as an integrated regional block and increasing economic activity along our 2,000-mile border.  They also discussed our robust security cooperation, which is based on a commitment to shared responsibility among both countries, and our collaboration on many vital global issues.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Mexican Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade participate in joint bilateral forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research, in Mexico City, Mexico, on May 21, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Secretary Kerry joined Secretary Chuayffet and Secretary Meade in launching the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research.  Announced in May 2013 by President Obama and President Peña-Nieto, the Forum seeks to expand opportunities for educational exchanges, scientific research partnerships, and cross-border innovation to help the United States and Mexico develop a 21st century workforce for our mutual economic prosperity.

Foreign Secretary Meade and Secretary Kerry also held extensive discussions on key issues including regional cooperation, progress on the bilateral High-Level Economic Dialog (HLED) and our 21st Century Border agenda.  They also discussed current global and multilateral issues facing the international community and how the United States and Mexico can work together more effectively to address them.
Secretary Kerry visited the U.S. Embassy’s booth at the Feria de las Culturas Amigas (Festival of Cultures).  The Feria is an annual event hosted by the Mexico City Government as an opportunity for foreign embassies in Mexico to showcase their cultures and traditions.  At the Feria, the Secretary met with a small group of youth who participate in some of the Embassy’s flagship outreach programs: the English Access Microscholarship Program, Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action), and the Embassy’s Youth Council.

Guide Rafael Rios Chagolla explains a Diego Rivera mural to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as he visited the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, Mexico on May 21, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Emphasizing the United States’ and Mexico’s commitment to sustainable growth on both sides of the border, the Secretary spoke at the USAID-sponsored CleanTech Challenge Mexico 2014 inaugural event at the Museo Rufino Tamayo.  CleanTech Mexico is the top green business plan competition in Latin America, and received over 997 business plan submissions this year.  Secretary Kerry stressed the U.S.’s support for socially responsible innovation and entrepreneurship in Mexico to boost the competitiveness of our increasingly integrated North American economy. The Secretary met with business and academic leaders to engage on key economic and trade issues that affect the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship.  They discussed the next steps in bilateral efforts to build a more competitive and connected North America, including initiatives that are part of the High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), launched by Vice-President Biden in his visit last year.  One of those initiatives, the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC, or “The Council”) aims to enhance regional competitiveness by strengthening the North American high-impact entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Throughout his meetings and engagements in Mexico City, Secretary Kerry emphasized the United States' continued commitment to increasing our interconnected trade, business, security, and educational relations. Secretary Kerry said, “It is our citizens who define the relationship between our countries. By increasing our education, economic and security cooperation, we can strengthen our respective countries and our overall relationship. We can also provide more opportunities and benefits for our people as we take advantage of our mutual growth.

About the Author: Michelle Bennett serves as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico.



Cary G.
Guam, USA
May 24, 2014
I definitely commend Secretary Kerry's campaign on foreign affairs and policy that he's been proactive in recently. Good job on getting the release of Sgt. Tahmooressi. The delegations and General Convention policies should be observed in terms of immunities and civil rights for foreigners from allied nations. Granted, a wrong turn into Mexico by a service man with right to bare arms should have been handled much differently. From the time Tahmooressi was detained and identified as an American and an associate of DoD he should have been turned over to the U.S. Embassy. The guns may be seized due to Mexican Customs regulations. However, any [alleged] criminal act(s) committed by a foreigner should be tried in the ICOJ or a federal court in his nation of citizenship. -Cary Lee Peterson, LL.D.
John S.
Ohio, USA
July 4, 2014
Stop selling is out, the Mexican government don't care to help us with the major border problems. And I don't see any talk about our USMC in prison in Mexico, let get him out. You got anyone else in mind for a trade, I do.


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