Mexico City, March 2, 2005 – “Increasingly the world appreciates President Bush’s steadfast efforts to end tyranny, and recognizes that the United States and its international partners have helped the people of Afghanistan and Iraq depose of brutal regimes and find their own way,” U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza said in the keynote address at the 88th Annual General Meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce.
“As we consolidate our modern partnership with Mexico, we are seeking new initiatives to promote the security and prosperity of all of North America,” the Ambassador said. “Security, prosperity, and competitiveness are key components of our efforts to build on the remarkable success of NAFTA by expanding our relationship with each of our North American partners.” The Ambassador also highlighted the visit next week to Mexico by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the upcoming presidential summit between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.
In another part of the speech the Ambassador said, “With regard to the U.S.- Mexico border, I want to reiterate that we have no interest in criticizing Mexico gratuitously, but where the safety and security of U.S. citizens are at stake, I will not hesitate to speak out forcefully and unequivocally. As someone who grew up in south Texas, I recognize that the safety of that region is a shared responsibility. We are committed to doing our part, and recognize and are grateful for the strong cooperation and commitment from the Fox administration in this effort.”
Ambassador Garza also called for a greater focus on education saying, “The collective North American future lies in developing the creative brain-power of the inventor, the entrepreneur, and the skilled worker who will then bring innovation and technical competency to the modern marketplace.”