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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Calderon of Mexico to the White House

The United States and Mexico are linked by geography, history, familial, cultural, economic, and security ties. In recognition of these deep ties and the strong relationship President Obama has forged with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, President Obama and the First Lady will host President Calderon and Mrs. Margarita Zavala de Calderon in the White House for a State Dinner on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

The dinner will take place in the context of an Official Visit by President Calderon, during which the President will have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues with President Calderon, including economic competitiveness, our growing security cooperation, clean energy opportunities, and immigration, among other key issues.

President Obama looks forward to welcoming President Calderon to Washington and continuing their work in forging stronger ties between our two countries for the benefit of all people living on both sides of our shared border.

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