REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – The United States Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, recognized the leadership of Governors Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, from Tamaulipas; Samuel García Sepúlveda, from Nuevo León and Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís, from Coahuila, for promoting a regional development agenda and collaboration with the U.S. authorities.
“There is prosperity here, very good leaders, that’s why as Ambassador I will spend a lot of time here. We are speaking as a region, where the trade that links our nations is seen every day, every year and that is not going to change on the part of President Biden. I can tell you that he recognizes the importance of the entire border and we are going to work together,” Salazar said.
During the second meeting of the Governors of the Northeast with the Embassy of the United States, held in Reynosa, the governors, the ambassador and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mexico and Canada of the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the Department of State, Rachel M. Poynter, among other state and U.S. authorities, established regional and cooperation agreements on border infrastructure, clean energy and migration.
They agreed to give continuity to the collaboration, communication and coordination between the Governments of the northeast region of the country and the United States, in order to strengthen the competitiveness, security and well-being of the border and its families.
“It has been a very favorable meeting, which sends a clear message that there is a way for the Northeast region and the United States to be highly competitive, bring in more investment, generate more jobs, but above all make sure that we can improve the quality of lives of the families that live on both sides of the border,” Salazar said.
During the work tables at the Reynosa Convention Center, the Consuls General of the United States in Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros, Deanna Kim and Yolanda Parra, respectively, also participated; in addition to Roger C. Rigaud, Consul General of the United States in Monterrey.
The governors and the ambassador agreed to continue promoting the expansion and construction of international bridges on the common border between Texas and the three northeastern Mexican states, in addition to road works that facilitate trade by participating entities.
In terms of energy, they agreed to continue favoring the generation of clean energy to provide greater competitiveness to companies, development and jobs, but above all to guarantee the well-being of families who demand less contamination.
They determined joint actions between the Embassy, the Government of Mexico, through the National Institute of Migration (INM) and the three states to contain the migratory flow and to attend and provide alternatives with a human rights perspective to migrants who manage to reach the border, through migratory stays.
The heads of the General Secretaries of Government of the three states, Public Works, Urban Development and Environment, Energy and Economy also participated in the making of agreements, along with the Office of Customs and Border Protection of the United States, the Rio Grande Sector of the Border Patrol, the Trade and Security Council, and other authorities connected to the Embassy of the United States of America in Mexico.
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