Mexico City, April 23, 2007 — “I am pleased to announce that U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, will make an official visit to Mexico on April 24, 2007, to meet with key Mexican officials.
“President Bush underscored in his recent visit to Merida that Mexico remains an important ally and friend of the United States. This visit of Secretary Paulson, like those in recent months of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Department of State Undersecretary Karen Hughes, and a nine-person Congressional delegation led by Representative Bennie Thompson, make clear just how important this relationship is to the United States.
“In a meeting with President Calderon, Secretary Paulson will emphasize the United States’ support for Mexico’s strong economic policy agenda. In addition, Secretary Paulson will meet with Foreign Secretary Espinosa and Finance Secretary Carstens. He will also receive a briefing from the Mexican Financial Intelligence Unit, which cooperates with the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. In other events, Secretary Paulson will share his thoughts with Mexican opinion makers and business students on ways to create economic opportunity.
“As in other bilateral meetings between Mexican and U.S. government officials, Secretary Paulson will reiterate that the people of the United States stand ready to cooperate across a wide spectrum of themes to better the quality of lives for both our people.”