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Spring 2009 The Ambassadors REVIEW 1 Mexico and the United States: Sharing a Border and a Common Purpose Hillary Rodham Clinton United States Secretary of State At the invitation of Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico from March 25-26, 2009. While in Mexico, Secretary Clinton discussed a broad range of bilateral and international issues of mutual interest. The following is a transcript of Secretary Clinton’s remarks, reprinted by permission of the Department of State, delivered at TecMilenio University on March 26, 2009. * * * am both delighted and honored to be here with you this afternoon. I am impressed by this campus and by the enthusiasm of the young people whom I met as I was coming into this room. And I thank them, even though they’re not here with us, for being part of this digital webcast town hall. And it’s exciting that we can use technology together on a tech campus to connect up with one another and communicate. I want to thank Marco for his kind words and his excellent presentation. I want to also thank very much Mr. Zambrano, who eloquently described the mission of this university, and of course, Tech de Monterrey and the extraordinary role that it has, and now along with TecMilenio, will be playing in the development, growth and prosperity of Mexico. I am delighted to be joined here by my counterpart, the Mexican foreign secretary, Secretary Espinosa, who has spent a great deal of time with me yesterday talking about a range of issues that are important to our country. Also to Ambassador Sarukhán, thank you for being here as well. We had excellent meetings, and I appreciate their both coming to Monterrey. I also want to acknowledge Governor González Parás. I just met with the governor and some of his staff about the border cooperation going on between a border state such as this and others along both sides of the border between the United States and Mexico. You know, for millions of people in my country and yours, Mexico and the United States are more than good neighbors, more than trading partners. They are places of shared customs and ancestral heritage, of common history and a common future. Indeed, Mexico and the United States are, in many ways, one family. I
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Spring 2009 The Ambassadors REVIEW 2 Our people and our nations are connected by the busiest border in the world, a robust economic partnership, a firm commitment to democratic values, a common ecosystem, and a vibrant exchange of cultures that has been nurtured by generations of immigrants and their families. Today, these ties are being put to new tests as we attempt to seize the unprecedented opportunities of a new century while also addressing its urgent threats, including a global economic crisis that has spared neither the United States nor Mexico, and amplifies the already serious challenges we share. I’ve come to Mexico this week because the United States, the new Obama
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