The meeting was held within the framework of the visit to Mexico by the governor, accompanied by a delegation of officials and businessmen, in order to strengthen ties with Mexico and discuss opportunities for bilateral cooperation.
During the meeting, President Peña Nieto and Governor Abbott addressed various issues on the Mexico-Texas agenda, particularly trade, energy, education, migration, the border and security.
Trade is a strategic issue on the Mexico-Texas agenda, as our country is the main trading partner of this border state. Together with the new windows of collaboration opening up in the energy sector, trade represents an opportunity for prosperity on both sides.
President Peña Nieto told Governor Abbott of the importance of the contributions of the Mexican community in the United States and emphasized the need for progress in the adoption of policies at the state level to ensure better integration of the migrant community into Texas.
They also discussed the importance of working together to build a safer, more prosperous border, through shared safety initiatives, and development of infrastructure projects to facilitate overland trade.
The president was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu; Undersecretary for North America Carlos Pérez Verdia; and Mexican Consul General in Austin Carlos González Gutiérrez.
Governor Abbott was accompanied by Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos; the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Daniel Hodge; and Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Mexico, William Duncan.