Time: 11:57 p.m. CEST
President Barack Obama hosted in the White House Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday. At the joint news conference, both presidents talked on the importance of two countries working together.
Obama talked on the joint actions and said that on Friday, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to update the educational cooperation. “We are expanding exchange opportunities, scientific partnerships, and research collaborations,” Obama said.
Mexican president Pena Nieto said the bilateral relationship are going through “one of the best moments in relationship of the history between our two countries.”
Earlier, the White House announced Mexico is one of the United States’ closest and most valued partners.
“Mexico is our third largest trading partner, and on any given day more than $1.5 billion in bilateral trade crosses our border,“ the White House explained in the factsheet for the both countries relations.
Despite the education and economy, the U.S. and Mexico are working together for the shared security, combating drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations.
The President pledged full U.S. support for Mexico’s efforts to consolidate the reforms in the coming years. The two leaders recognized the progress and cooperation under the bilateral Merida Initiative to professionalize Mexican police, and committed to redouble efforts to apply international standards within law enforcement and judicial institutions in Mexico, the White House announced.
The United States and Mexico intend to develop a training program for Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) to begin in early 2017. This training will enhance INM’s capacity to identify and interview vulnerable populations, consistent with international standards.
As the White House informs, “Both countries will continue to enhance and improve existing pilot programs for cargo pre-inspection at the Laredo Texas International Airport and the Mexican Customs facilities at Mesa de Otay, Baja California.”
A third pilot program will be launched in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua, by spring 2017. Both countries are also reviewing potential expansion to additional airports in the United States.
The cooperation will extend in the peaceful nuclear collaboration between two countries. The White House says, both countries agreed to launch formal negotiations on a bilateral agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation (“123” Agreement) with the intent of concluding the agreement this year.