Obama and Peña Neto talk more about trade ties

President Barack Obama hosted Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, at the White House Tuesday. The incoming Mexican leader wants to focus relations with the United States less on the war on drugs and more on trade.

Before their meeting, Obama told reporters the visit reflects Mexico’s growing standing in the world community.

“Mexico has become not simply an important bilateral partner, but is today a very important multilateral, multinational leader on a whole range of issues, from energy to climate change,” said Obama.

Mexico’s next president concentrated his remarks mainly on trade and the importance of increased economic integration with the U.S. and other countries.

“We do have the opportunity to grow, but not only that, we also have the opportunity to integrate North America, to be participating in this part of the world, and I am so pleased that this is the situation we are in,” said Peña Nieto.

The U.S. is Mexico’s largest trading partner, and trade between the two neighbors has increased immensely in the nearly two decades since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect.

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