President Enrique Peña
Nieto led the ceremony for Presidential General Staff Day, highlighting
their work during the recent visit to Mexico by Pope Francis.
“Loyalty, honesty and professionalism are hallmarks
of the Presidential General Staff, an institution
dedicated to safeguarding the president’s integrity and investiture.
The Presidential General
Staff protects Cabinet members and provides security and logistical support for
foreign dignitaries during their stay in the country.
During the recent visit by His Holiness Pope
Francis, the Presidential General Staff took the necessary measures to protect
Presidential General Staff
- It guaranteed the physical integrity of the Pope
and the safety of more than 10,300,000 Mexicans who went to see him in person
during each of his 50 activities and on his tours.
- During the days before the Pope's arrival, from the
first moment of his arrival until his return to Rome, the Presidential General Staff
coordinated a wide-ranging inter-institutional operation so that the many expressions of joy could be conducted
in a smooth, organized fashion.
- In this delicate task, every member of the Presidential General Staff
demonstrated responsibility, experience and professionalism.
- Over 800 elements were directly involved in the security
and logistics operations.
- Elements of the Mexican Army and Navy, the Federal
Police and the CISEN and of various levels of the Health and Civil Protection
Departments, coordinated and worked with professionalism during Pope Francis’
- The government also recognized the work of over
200,000 volunteers, especially the Mexican Red Cross, who took part in this
great collective effort.
- This visit provided Mexicans with a better
understanding of the functions and logistical capabilities of the Presidential
The president reiterated
his appreciation and thanks for their commitment and loyalty to the troops that
make up the Presidential General Staff, drawn from the ranks of the Army, Navy,
Air Force, the Federal Police and the civil service.