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President Bush to Visit President Calderon in Mexico in March, 2007

STATEMENT BY Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, February 8, 2007 – “The White House announced today that President Bush will travel to Mexico, March 12-14, to meet with President Calderon.

“Building on the very positive meeting between the two leaders at the White House ( in November 2006, the two Presidents will address a broad agenda of bilateral issues with the goal of enhancing our cooperation and strengthening our relationship.

“As President Bush expressed in his January 24 phone call to President Calderon (, the United States is eager to continue increasing our cooperative efforts to fight drug trafficking and drug cartels. Additionally, the United States hopes to increase our joint educational exchanges, trade and investment, job creation, and programs to reduce poverty.

“I am particularly delighted that Laura Bush will accompany the President on this visit and will have an opportunity to experience the rich culture and beauty of Mexico.”

A statement from the White House follows below.

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                              February 8, 2007


President Bush to Travel to
Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico

President and Mrs. Bush will travel to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico from March 8 - 14, 2007. This trip will underscore the commitment of the United States to the Western Hemisphere and will highlight our common agenda to advance freedom, prosperity, and social justice and deliver the benefits of democracy in the areas of health, education, and economic opportunity.

In São Paulo, Brazil, President Bush will meet with President Luíz Inacio "Lula" da Silva to discuss a range of issues, including alternative energy, as well as meet with other leaders of Brazilian society. The President will then travel to Montevideo, Uruguay, to conduct bilateral meetings with President Tabaré Vázquez, reciprocating his visit to Washington in May 2006. President Bush will next travel to Bogotá, Colombia, to meet with President Álvaro Uribe and underscore the United States' commitment to supporting that nation's successful battle against narcoterrorism and efforts to improve the lives of the Colombian people. The President will also visit Guatemala to experience the rich cultural diversity of this Central American nation, meet with President Oscar Berger, and emphasize the close relationship between our two countries. The President will conclude his trip with a visit to Mexico to emphasize our strong partnership with Mexico and to demonstrate support for President Felipe Calderón's efforts to address poverty and income inequality, restore law and order, fight the common threat of drug trafficking, and strengthen our economic relationship.

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