(continue...)Obama to find new foreign-policy challenge in Mexico
WASHINGTON — On the eve of President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico next week, the new government there looks to reboot a joint effort to combat violent drug traffickers, worries about piecemeal efforts in the United States to legalize marijuana and hopes to rebuild frayed relations with Cuba.
In a wide-ranging interview, Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade also said the return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party wouldn’t mean a reversal of his country’s willingness to extradite nationals wanted in the United States.
“There is no plan to change the way that extraditions have been working,” said Meade, a Yale-educated economist who served as Mexico’s finance secretary before the change of administration in December. He spoke to McClatchy at the Mexican Embassy in Washington in advance of Obama’s trip to Mexico City on May 2.
Obama will meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto as analysts look for signs of change after the new president’s party returned to power for the first time since it was voted out in 2000 after seven decades of control.
Pena Nieto charted an immediate change from his predecessor, Felipe Calderon, by traveling first to South America after his election last year. He also immediately put some distance between Mexican and U.S. foreign policy with respect to authoritarian governments in Cuba and Venezuela.
“We are going to be involved, engaged, in terms of respectful dialogue, but willing to create conditions so that the relationship results in further development for not just Mexico, but also Cuba and Venezuela,” Meade explained.
Under the Institutional Revolutionary Party _ the PRI, in its Spanish initials _ Mexico was the only Latin American country that maintained relations without interruption with the Castro government, which launched its 1959 revolution from Mexico. Castro embarrassed former Mexican President Vicente Fox in April 2002 by recording and making public a private telephone conversation they’d had.
“We want, at this stage, to be constructively engaged with Cuba. We are just in the process of renewing our ambassador there,” Meade said.
Mexico has tapped a veteran diplomat, Juan Jose Bremer, to be posted in Havana. He’s the former ambassador to the United States, England, Germany and the former Soviet Union.
Obama to find new foreign-policy challenge in Mexico
Apr 22, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: McClatchy
On the eve of President Barack Obama's trip to Mexico next week, the new government there looks to reboot a joint effort to combat violent drug traffickers, worries about piecemeal efforts in the United States to legalize marijuana and hopes to rebuild frayed relations with Cuba.
Very well written article. I like it.
Reading what this guy, Meade, says... one have renewed hopes that Mexico will recuperate an intelligent and principled Foreing Policy that permeated the Second Half of the XX Century, of which decent Mexicans were very much pround of it.
You don't end up crying or with a headache, like when this ass Fox and his spy Castañeda dragged Mexican diplomacy in the mud.
I will sleep better.
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