Obama plans to meet Mexican president-elect

U.S. President Barack Obama will host Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto at the White House Tuesday.

The administration said Monday that the two leaders plan to discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues during their Oval Office meeting.

It said the United States remains committed to work with Mexico to increase economic competitiveness, promote regional development, and advance efforts to develop a secure and efficient 21st century border.

Peña Nieto will take office Dec. 1 after winning July’s presidential election. His Partido Revolucionario Institucional, which ruled Mexico for 71 years, will be back in power for the first time in 12 years.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in Mexico since outgoing President Felipe Calderón began a military crackdown on drug gangs in late 2006. Earlier this month, Peña Nieto proposed shifting control of Mexico’s scandal-ridden federal police from the public security department to the interior department.

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