The Ambassadors REVIEW
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.
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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
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
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
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.