Mexican President-elect will meet with Obama this month

Next head of state, Enrique Peña Nieto, will travel to Washington, D.C. on Nov. 27

MEXICO.- Future Mexican Enrique Peña Nieto will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on November 27th to review the "bilateral agenda", said the transition team coordinator Luis Videgaray.

"The meeting will be on Tuesday the 27th, and there will be a meeting also on November 28th with the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, in what will be a very quick tour through North America, days before Peña takes over the Mexican presidency," said Videgaray to RadioFormula.

Videgaray who is considered to be the politician closest to Peña Nieto, mentioned that Obama spoke for about 20 minutes with the Mexican president on July 2nd, the day after the presidential election.

He added that a formal stage now begins in the relationship of both of these elected presidents, and also said that at the meeting in Washington various issues will be addressed that deal with both countries bilateral relations like border security, immigration and economic issues.

The politician in the interview also talked about the legalization of marijuana in two states of the U.S., and said that Peña Nieto's position is against the legalization of any drug in order to fight against the problems in the country regarding public health and safety.

"We are attentive to these important changes, in which changes the game with the U.S. that will lead us to revise the joint policies against drug trafficking," he said.

He explained that no special treatment can be given to a product that is illegal in Mexico, where in some parts of the U.S. it has a different legal status, and that its transfer to the United States is trying to be avoided.

"This forces us to rethink the relationship in terms of security," said Videgaray, who indicated that this is an issue that was not foreseen and should be resolved through dialogue and seek for common approaches.

"We cannot say that the drugs produced in Mexico are the responsibility of Mexicans to stop them, nor blame consumers," he added.

He said that in every market the supply and demand is inseparable, and has to be dealt with shared responsibility and clear objectives.

He added that this is a good starting point for both leaders to define the objectives and priorities on security and specific strategies, "the tone and emphasis," which is the theme of the meeting on the 27th.


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