U.S. Visit of Mexican President Calderón: Key Issues.
Felipe Calderón, president of Mexico, will travel to Washington, D.C., May 19–20 on a state visit.
President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón
President Calderón’s visit to Washington comes at an opportune moment. Mexico faces a confluence of difficult challenges. It is emerging from a very severe economic downturn, its GDP having fallen by about 6.5 percent in 2009 in the wake of the global recession. A large drop in exports, lower oil production, and a fall in remittances from Mexicans working in the United States have exacerbated a difficult economic situation. Drug-related violence in Mexico remains at a high level, although concentrated in several border cities and other specific areas of the country. The United States has a major stake in Mexico’s economic recovery and in the success of President Calderón’s efforts against the drug cartels. Mexico is the second-largest source of imported oil for the United States and the third-largest U.S. trade partner.
Presidents Calderon and Obama will meet in DC.
The bilateral relationship is complex and multifaceted, going well beyond the important variables related to border management. Calderón’s visit provides both countries with an excellent opportunity to underscore the vital importance of the relationship.
During the visit , the key issues will be a number of focus points. One will be the security situation as related to drugs. Both sides will…
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