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Thursday June 21, 2012

President Obama and President Calderón Chat After G-20 Bilateral Meeting

President Obama and President Calderón Chat After G-20 Bilateral Meeting

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The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, met with Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, before the start of the day’s activities at the VII Summit of Leaders of the Group of Twenty in Los Cabos, Mexico.

President Calderón praised President Obama’s decision to look into the individual cases of young illegal immigrants, who meet specific criteria, to see if their deportation from the United States can be prevented, adding that this action could benefit many Mexican citizens.  President Calderón also shared the news about Mexico and the TPP, here is an excerpt of his remarks:

First I would like to say that it is very important for me to be able to share great news with you.  But before doing that, I would like to thank personally, and on behalf of the Mexican nation, President Barack Obama for his valuable decision by executive order to give an opportunity for young people who were not born in the United States but who arrived in that great nation before they were 16 years of age, or who are studying in university, or who have served in the United States armed forces, for them not to be deported for at least a period of two years, so this is a clear and certain situation for them.

We believe that this is very just.  It’s a humanitarian action.  And it’s an unprecedented action in our opinion.  And in this sense, Mr. President, we would like to thank you for the valor and courage that you had in implementing this action.  I am sure that many, many families in the United States of America are thankful to you as well.

I’d also like to inform you that President Barack Obama and I have had a very fruitful meeting.  We have touched upon issues of great relevance for the success of the G20 summit.  But there’s one topic of the greatest importance that we’d like to share with you, and that is that the United States, together with the other eight countries that make up the TPP—the Trans-Pacific Partnership—have welcomed Mexico for it to join the negotiations of this initiative.

President Barack Obama reiterated his support for the efforts made by the Mexican G20 Presidency to build a consensus and to encourage all participants to adopt effective measures, praising President Calderón’s leadership in this respect.  President Obama warmly welcomed Mexico’s inclusion to the TPP negotiations, here is an excerpt of his remarks:

On the bilateral relationship, I think that because of the work that we’ve done together, Mr. President, the bonds that were already so strong between our two countries have become stronger. And the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations that you just referred to are a good example.

We are obviously two of our most important trading partners to each other, but we both recognize that growth is going to take place in the Asia Pacific region.  We are part of that network of nations that are growing and dynamic.  And for us now to be able to create a high standard trade agreement that further increases job opportunities, commercial opportunities, investment opportunities, I think will benefit citizens in both our countries that are eager to compete and to be able to prosper in a global market.

And you have personally shown significant courage and hard work in being able to join these negotiations.  We appreciate your negotiations efforts.  We think it will be good for Mexico; we think it will be good for the United States; and we think it will be good for the region as well.

The complete transcript of the remarks are available from the White House Press Secretary

President Obama’s remarks can be seen below.