The United States and Mexico: North American Partners With a Shared Border, a Joined History, and a Common Future

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Mexico city.
The Angel of Independence Monument (Monumento a la Independencia) in central Mexico City.

The United States and Mexico: North American Partners With a Shared Border, a Joined History, and a Common Future

Today, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo makes his first official visit to Mexico, joined by Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner. The stature of the delegation is noteworthy and a testament to the importance the Administration and the United States place on the bilateral relationship and the breadth of interests we share – an almost 2000-mile border, hundreds of thousands of dual citizens, new opportunities in energy development, and two-way trade worth $1.7 billion a day -- to name just a few.
The Secretary’s visit is about the strength and importance of our ongoing cooperation with Mexico. This high-level delegation visit will reaffirm the U.S. commitment to our partnership with Mexico to combat transnational criminal organizations and the opioid epidemic, enhance trade, curb irregular migration, and manage our shared border. The Secretary will reiterate our strong commitment to working with President Peña Nieto’s government through the completion of his term on December 1. And the delegation’s meeting with Mr. Lopez Obrador will build on the positive call President Trump had with the President-elect July 2, about which he said: “There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!” President-elect Lopez Obrador, for his part, has been clear that he sees a healthy relationship with the United States as vital to Mexico’s future. 
The United States looks forward to deepening our vibrant partnership with Mexico, based on our shared democratic values, our strong trade linkages, and our shared goals of security and prosperity for our citizens.
Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.