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From left to right: Ian Brownlee, Consular Minister for Consular Affairs for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico; Enrique Rivas Cuellar, City of Nuevo Laredo Mayor; Phillip Linderman, U.S. General Consul in Nuevo Laredo; and, Georgina Scarlata, from the political office in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

NUEVO LAREDO, Tamaulipas – The mayor of Nuevo Laredo says the special bilateral relationship his city enjoys with Laredo, Texas, will not be affected by a Trump presidency.

Enrique Rivas Cuellar also says he is confident that U.S. and Mexico relations will not be harmed once Donald Trump becomes president in January.

“Nuevo Laredo and Laredo, Texas, are allies, they are friends, they are partners… at the end, it’s the same city, it’s the same region,” Rivas said. “We will continue doing the same, absolutely nothing will change, we will even continue working with greater zeal, passion and determination.”

As an example of this union, recently Rivas held a meeting with the U.S. Consul General in Nuevo Laredo, Phillip Linderman, and the Consular Minister for consular affairs for the United States Embassy in Mexico, Ian Brownlee.

During the meeting, Brownlee considered the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. the most important one both countries have. Through this relationship, he said, programs of collaboration are generated for a safer and productive future with Nuevo Laredo.

Another example, Mayor Rivas said, would be the constant meetings with the Mayor of Laredo, Pete Saenz, and congressional representatives from both sides of the border.

Rivas said the entities should continue working to create jobs and become a stronger competitive region.

“As a municipal and state authority, we focus in not indebted ourselves with the Mexican State, so, in a way, we are avoiding having a vulnerable, unstable and indebted local, state or national economy”, Rivas said.

Rivas also expressed as vital the relationship Nuevo Laredo has with Laredo, since they are commercial partners and share a culture generated by families with ties on both sides of the border.

Also present at the meeting was Georgina Scarlata, a member of the office affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.