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NUEVO LAREDO, Tamaulipas — The commercial trade between México and the United States was the main topic outlined between the U.S. Ambassador for México, Roberta Jacobson and Municipal President, Enrique Rivas.

During the meeting, which was held inside the offices of the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, the two officials spoke about areas of binational relevance.

It was Jacobson’s first visit to this border city, and in her remarks she stressed the importance Nuevo Laredo holds for the U.S. in the fields of commerce, and social and cultural relevancy.

“We acknowledge the relevance Nuevo Laredo possesses, and this is why we wanted to be here, and make a commitment to continue working together to encourage common practices and benefit both governments,” Jacobson said.

For his part, Rivas presented the World Trade Bridge’s expansion project, which aims to improve commercial trade through the addition of eight new lanes. That would make it a 16-lane international bridge.

Nuevo Laredo moves 40 percent of the national commercial trade between both countries, Rivas said.

“We have been very clear with Ambassador Jacobson, explaining the work we have been doing along with our friend (Mayor of Laredo) Pete Saenz, making it clear we need to work as a team,” Rivas said. “We presented a project, as a whole, to lobby in Washington, D.C. and México’s City, to spark off our development even more.”

The Governor of Tamaulipas, Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca, meanwhile, met with Jacobson in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on Tuesday. They had a conversation on topics such as security, economy, trade, immigration and transportation.

García Cabeza de Vaca presented different proposals to modernize “the international bridges to fasten vehicular and people crossing, and benefit the commercial trade, and pushing a program to ease the medical tourism in the Tamaulipas’ border,” according to a press release.

During her visit through Tamaulipas, Jacobson expressed her admiration for border residents, and the cultural enrichment they possess, and how this enrichment makes México and the U.S. more competitive, according to the U.S. Ambassador’s official webpage.