Mexico City, November 8, 2006 — “I know that President Bush looks forward to meeting with President-Elect Felipe Calderon when he visits the United States on November 8-9. For the almost twenty years that I have known him, President Bush has been a proponent of building on and strengthening our already close relationship with Mexico.
“Our two countries share not only strong cultural and historical ties, but also one of the world’s most vibrant economic relationships. We also share common challenges that must be addressed with urgency and conviction.
“During their meeting on November 9th, President Bush and President-Elect Calderon no doubt will discuss regional issues, security challenges, and the threat to our communities posed by criminals and narco-traffickers. They also are likely to discuss how we can spread prosperity and reduce poverty by further limiting barriers to free trade, and how both people and goods can cross our border in a legal, orderly, and more efficient way.
“On the morning of the 9th, Calderon will attend a breakfast in the U.S. Department of State, hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, which will be attended by U.S. Secretary of Treasury Paulson, Secretary of Commerce Gutierrez, and Secretary of Homeland Security Chertoff. He also is scheduled to attend meetings at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Organization of American States.
“I am confident that this meeting between President Bush and President-Elect Calderon will provide the basis for a close, positive and constructive relationship aimed at improving the lives of citizens on both sides of our border.”