· He announced that he has submitted the Bilateral Air Services Agreement to the Senate for approval. This agreement will bring the societies of both countries closer by expanding the number of flights and destinations

· The president met with Vice President of the United States of America Joseph Biden.

· President Peña Nieto has shown admirable leadership and commitment in achieving the reforms: Joseph Biden.

President Enrique Peña Nieto  said today that the visit to our country by US Vice President Joseph Biden, “Reaffirms the friendship between the United States and Mexico” and the vision shared by the two governments,  “to form a team, and engage in coordinated work to address the problems and leverage the opportunities we have in common. “

“We have gone from having a relationship focusing almost exclusively on security issues, to broadening our agenda and working on different mechanisms to ensure that North America is a more productive, more competitive region,” he declared.

For his part, US Vice President  Joseph Biden expressed his admiration of President Peña Nieto’ s leadership and commitment in achieving reforms. “You took office pledging to reform certain things,” reforms that had been attempted for decades and decades to benefit your people.

"I would like to take this opportunity to praise your unwavering commitment to this relationship between the United States and Mexico; two great nations, which, I believe, have finally reached the point where each one understands that it benefits from the other’s success,” he added.

“There is nothing that the United States wants more than the continued success and growth of Mexico, because insofar as this happens, everything will improve internally in Mexico, and along the border and in the rest of North America, it will also improve,” he explained.

In a joint press statement, President Peña Nieto reported on the issues discussed at the meeting held earlier at the official residence of Los Pinos with members of their delegations:

He announced that he has submitted to the Senate for ratification, “The Bilateral Air Services Agreement, which will bring more our societies closer together by increasing the number of flights and destinations, with more efficient, affordable options."

”We also discussed the infrastructure works that are bringing us closer together: an airport pedestrian bridge in Tijuana-San Diego; the railroad bridge built, after over a hundred years, between Matamoros and Brownsville, and the newly opened Guadalupe-Tornillo bridge,” he said.

The Mexican president said that both countries, “Have launched joint cargo preclearance programs, to check cargo going from Mexico to the US and from the US to Mexico, in the intense trade between the two countries, which will allow us to reduce costs and times for goods going from one country to another.”

He explained that Mexico and the United States will work, “On increased cooperation in the fields of telecommunications and energy, key sectors for the economic future.”

He added that the governments of Mexico and the United States have agreed to continue promoting the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), to “have greater academic exchange between students from both countries so that they can study in either of the two countries.”

He explained that under FOBESII, in 2015, more than 35,000 Mexicans studied in the United States of America as part of the Project 100,000 Initiative.

President Peña Nieto said that Mexico and the United States have, “A vision to build together, to do work together, and to recognize the integration there exists between the two economies that interact and have enormous potential and windows of opportunity for the future.”

 “There are those who have a vision of closing themselves off, and even, I dare say, of building walls, but that would only isolate them and leave them on their own,” he said.

He noted that , “Mexico has promoted, and this government has promoted a relationship of goodwill and fraternal friendship with our northern neighbor and strategic partner,  the United States.”

RELATIONS WITH MEXICO ARE OF THE HIGHEST POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND STRATEGIC PRIORITY: JOSEPH BIDEN

Vice President Biden stressed that the relationship with Mexico is of the highest priority for President Obama and the United States.  “And it will be, no matter what else happens in the world, or what other crisis demands our attention. This is a very important relationship, politically, economically and strategically speaking.”

Joseph Biden said that there has been a great deal of harmful, inaccurate rhetoric in the US presidential campaign;  “I almost feel obliged to apologize for the presidential campaign of my country and what has been said about Mexicans.”

 “It has been a tough, fierce campaign; I just want to tell you, Mr. President, that the hottest rhetoric of some of these candidates does not represent who we, the people of the United States, are. It is not the opinion of the majority of the people in my country, quite the opposite,” he said.

He said that, “We are two nations, each with their own needs and their own interests, but two nations who understand that our needs and interests are enhanced by collaborating with each other.” 

NEARLY A BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS ON THE BORDER

Vice President Biden said that the United States and Mexico trade over 1.5 billion USD a day, and that six million American workers have jobs because of trade with Mexico or depend on that trade. He explained that the United States sells more to Mexico than to Brazil, Russia, India and China combined. Moreover, 80 percent of Mexican exports go to the United States.

He said that since the first dialogue between Presidents Peña Nieto and Obama, significant results have already been achieved, such as ensuring that on the borders, there is safe, legal trade between the two countries, and enhancing collaboration in energy, “To leverage the competitive advantage our nations share, not only in gas and oil but including opportunities for geothermal, solar, wind and biomass energy. We are coming up to a billion dollars for the construction of wind and solar energy projects on the border.”