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U.S. Department of State
96/05/07 Remarks with Mexican President Zedillo
Office of the Spokesman
US STATE DEPARTMENT
Office of the Spokesman
(Mexico City, Mexico)
For Immediate Release May 7, 1996
Text As Prepared For Delivery
Secretary of State Christopher
Mexican President Zedillo
President Zedillo, on behalf of my colleagues, thank you for receiving
us as we conclude this highly productive meeting of the U.S.-Mexico
Binational Commission. It is an honor to have you witness the signing
today of so many important bilateral agreements. Our success is a
tribute to your commitment -- and that of President Clinton -- to
strengthen our partnership to meet new challenges.
This is the fourth Binational Commission that I have attended as
Secretary of State. In this period, I have seen an historic and
positive transformation of the relationship between the United States
and Mexico. We have reached a new understanding of our shared interests
-- and we have intensified our cooperation to bring concrete benefits to
millions of our citizens.
The 11 agreements we are signing today are the product of our work over
the last year. They reflect the breadth of our cooperation -- and our
determination to work together in areas as diverse and vital areas. Let
me highlight two of the most important agreements in particular.
The Border XXI initiative will bring together local officials and
private citizens from both countries to protect the environment,
conserve natural resources and protect health along the border. It will
strengthen our ability to solve local problems locally and shape long-
term strategies to prevent pollution.
The agreement to encourage full consular protection for our nationals in
both countries will help protect civil rights of both Mexican and U.S.
citizens. We will continue to work together on the difficult issues of
migration to ensure that both countries' laws are enforced and borders
We are intensifying our efforts to solve common problems such as drug
trafficking and crime. At the same time, we are moving forward to seize
the new opportunities that our common destiny presents.
Thanks to the leadership of President Clinton and President Zedillo, we
are building a relationship for the twenty-first century based on mutual
respect. Your disciplined policies are putting Mexico back on to the
path of long-term economic growth.
Bold political reforms are building stronger, more vibrant democratic
institutions and making Mexico a more open society. The courage of the
Mexican people in carrying out these changes has earned the respect of
the United States and the world.
President Zedillo, President Clinton has asked me to deliver to you this
letter expressing his hopes for our new era of cooperation -- and to
extend his warmest personal regards. My colleagues and I join him in
saluting you for the role you have played in building the strongest,
most equal partnership the United States and Mexico have ever enjoyed.
Thank you very much.
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