The Chargé d’Affaires of the US embassy in Mexico, John Creamer, pointed out that the American Union’s great commitment to president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador highlights even more the intention to work together to improve the bilateral relationship.
“Last month, President Trump had a very positive first phone call with the elected president, López Obrador and since then we have had successful visits from Secretary of State Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Secretary of National Security, Nielsen.”
He said that recent elections showed how committed the Mexican people are to their democratic values.
“The four priority areas that the president-elect has identified, migration, security, trade and development, are also priority areas for the United States. We look forward to working with President-elect López Obrador and his team to achieve shared goals in these areas when their administration takes office on December 1,” he said.
“Our nations are neighbors and allies, strengthened by common values, deep interpersonal ties and strong commercial links. We are both committed to building a more competitive, prosperous and safe North American continent,” he added.
Creamer noted that both countries are economically intertwine with Mexico being its third largest trading partner, saying that since 2017, they exchanged more than $623 billion USD in goods and services.
“We sell more to Mexico than to China, India and Russia put together. That trade supports jobs in Mexico and the United States. Hundreds of companies in the United States pursue and expand sales in Mexico every year, while Mexican companies expand their investment in the United States,” he explained.
Creamer said that both nations collaborate regionally and globally to address mutual interests. “We are working together to improve our shared security, fight drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations, as well as the illicit flows of money and weapons that enter Mexico from the United States.”
He added that the commitment to address the underlying economic, security and governance conditions that drive illegal immigration in Central America is now renewed. He also said both countries are committed to working together to strengthen economic ties so that they benefit the citizens of both countries.
In the future, the US official emphasized that he hopes that both governments continue to work together to combat drug trafficking, interrupt the illicit movement of cash, arms and drugs across the shared border, strengthen accountability for corruption and human rights abuses and bring members of transnational criminal organizations to justice.
“Neither of our countries can be safe if the other is not. No country can successfully confront transnational criminal organizations or the scourge of illegal drugs on its own. This is a shared responsibility.”