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Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles Will Lead Delegation to Mexico, May 3-9

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, May 2, 2007 — “Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa will arrive in Mexico City tomorrow, to head a delegation of city council members; municipal government officials; and transportation, tourism, and business experts who are looking at ways to expand the ties between the people of our two countries.

“In Mexico City, Mayor Villaraigosa and the delegation will hold talks with President Felipe Calderon and other senior federal, state, and municipal government leaders, including Secretary of the Economy Eduardo Sojo, and Mayor Marcelo Ebrard.

“Mayor Villaraigosa and the delegation he is leading will also visit Puebla, Guadalajara and Leon – three cities that embody Mexico’s growing economy and have contributed to the richness of life in Los Angeles over many years through their contribution of people and culture. Mayor Villaraigosa will meet the governors of Jalisco and Guanajuato, as well as mayors of Puebla, Guadalajara, and Leon.

“During his visit, Mayor Villaraigosa will also speak with education and industry leaders. He will tour Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology and History, talk with members of the clergy, and exchange ideas with Mexican intellectuals. The Mayor also will sign port and university exchange agreements.

“No U.S. city has more Americans of Mexican origin than Los Angeles. As the first mayor of Mexican ancestry to serve as mayor of that city in modern times, Antonio Villaraigosa can make a genuine and lasting contribution towards bringing the people of our two countries closer together.”

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