Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu wrapped up her visit to Washington, D.C. today by meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The purpose of the meeting was to explore ways to institutionalize the new bilateral agenda between Mexico and the United States, which has been a joint effort of the administrations of President Enrique Peña Nieto and President Barack Obama.


The two officials highlighted the achievements of the programs on the new agenda, in particular the High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) and the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Research and Innovation (FOBESII). They also discussed the need to keep working to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship and the development of human capital in order to make the North American region more competitive. They further agreed to hold the trilateral North American Foreign Ministers meeting in early 2016 to follow up on the regional agenda and the commitments made during the North American Leaders’ Summit.


The secretaries also discussed multilateral issues such as the outcome of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21), the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and fighting the drug problem in the UN General Assembly, issues in which Mexico and the United States share priorities and values.


Lastly, the Foreign Secretary mentioned the importance of continuing to work together on initiatives to promote cooperation on security and migration, which are important issues on the agenda with the United States.


Remarks by Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu and U.S. Secretary of State at the conclusion of their meeting in Washington, D.C.