Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today following a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinjosa, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and other Senate leadership:
“President Calderon, Leader McConnell and I had a very cordial and fruitful discussion about the issues facing our two countries. As our next-door neighbor and one of our most important economic partners, there are many areas in which we will continue to cooperate with Mexico. One of the topics we discussed is the Merida Initiative, a program helping both our countries fight the scourge of narcoterrorism.
“I am confident President-elect Obama and his incoming administration will work closely with President Calderón and the people of Mexico to address the challenges that lie ahead, and to strengthen the ties between our two countries. As a Senator of a Southwestern state with a significant population of Americans of Mexican descent, this is a relationship I understand and respect. President-elect Obama and President Calderón can count on my support in enacting policies that benefit both our nations.”