May 2, 2013

US President Obama to discuss trade in Mexico

May 2, 2013

US President Barack Obama is travelling to Mexico on Thursday for talks expected to focus on bilateral trade.

Mexico is the third largest trade partner of the US and the president has said he is keen to discuss job creation on both sides of the border with his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto.

President Obama's planned immigration reform is also likely to feature high on the agenda.

During the three-day trip the president will also visit Costa Rica.

Policy shift

US National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said strong economic ties between Mexico and the US had been overshadowed by a focus on security in the past, but that Thursday's trip would attempt to redress the balance.

That sentiment was echoed by Sergio Alcocer, Mexico's Deputy Foreign Minister for North America, who said the two presidents would discuss "the benefits and the need to re-balance and diversify the relationship" between Mexico and the US.

It will be the second meeting between the US leader and Mr Pena Nieto, who was invited to the White House even before he was sworn in on 1 December 2012.  Read more. 

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