· At a joint press conference with Chancellor Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Eduardo Sánchez announced that President Enrique Peña Nieto travels to the US this afternoon for an official visit at the invitation of President Barack Obama.

· Trade between Mexico and the United States last year stood at $532 billion dollars, equivalent to over one million dollars per minute, which is more than the sum of US trade with Japan, Germany and South Korea together, he said.

Social communication coordinator and government spokesman Eduardo Sánchez Hernández said today that bilateral relations with the United States of America mean more productivity, trade, exchanges and greater prosperity for Mexico, which is why reinforcing ties between the two countries translates into better opportunities for millions of Mexicans.

At a joint press conference with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Eduardo Sánchez reported that this afternoon and tomorrow, President Enrique Peña Nieto will pay an official visit to the US at the invitation of President Barack Obama.

Eduardo Sánchez said the two countries have built an unshakable alliance for their citizens.  “The governments of Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama have managed to build bridges; they have taken advantage of their geographical proximity to be friends and strategic partners for the benefit of the two nations,” he said, adding that the bilateral meeting between the presidents in Washington will be the second in less than a month.

At this meeting, they will discuss the issues of climate change, energy, regional cooperation and border issues. They will also review the commitments made by both countries at the last North American Leaders' Summit, held in Ottawa, Canada in late June.

The government spokesman declared that, “On several occasions, President Barack Obama has acknowledged the contribution of our fellow countrymen who live and work in the United States, which is a fair appraisal of what our countrymen contribute to the economic and cultural life of that country”.

He said that last year, trade between Mexico and the United States was greater than the sum of trade between the US and Japan, Germany and South Korea. “In 2015, the two countries managed to trade more than $532 billion dollars, i.e. more than one million dollars per minute.”

Eduardo Sánchez said that in addition to being neighbors, Mexico and the United States are strategic allies. Accordingly, in the past three years, both governments, “Have worked aggressively to strengthen our common border, as an area of prosperity and security”.

He recalled that the two territories are linked by a 3,000-km border; every day, over a million people and 437,000 vehicles cross it legally in both directions.