Mexican president seeks approval of trade treaty

Mexico’s dashing president, Enrique Peña Nieto, is greeted at Juan Santamaría airport by Enrique Castillo, Costa Rica’s foreign minister. The visitor is expected to stay until this afternoon as he receives honors and promotes a trade treaty between his country and the Central American states.

The president of México got a warm welcome Wednesday from lawmakers and from President Laura Chinchilla.

His country is Costa Rica’s third biggest trading partner, and there is a free trade treaty between México and Central American nations on the table.

Both the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, and Ms. Chinchilla urged the Asamblea Legislative to approve the measure. Peña Nieto also made a pitch for approval when he visited lawmakers at the legislature. After meeting with Victor Emilio Granados Calvo, president of the assembly, and speaking to the assembled members, the Mexican president circled the room to shake hands with each of the other 56 lawmakers.

In her meeting with Peña Nieto upon his arrival, Ms. Chinchilla again promoted her view that the way to reduce violence is with economic development and social inclusion.

Also Tuesday foreign ministers of the Central American states met as part of the summit of the Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana. Other heads of state will be in the capital today for their part in the reunion.

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