U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is paying a visit to Mexico today meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto. The Vice President is there to improve trade and investment ties between the two countries.
Ever the jokester Biden noted that he thought the throngs of people in Mexico City were there to welcome him – in fact they are educators protesting Peña Nieto’s education overhaul.
The Vice President traveled with various cabinet members including the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Transportation to launch the “High Level Economic Dialogue”. The U.S. delegation is due to meet with Mexico’s head of finance, external affairs, education and tourism.
The value of U.S.-Mexico trade is pegged at $500 billion-a-year, making Mexico the country’s third-largest trading partner.
In May 2013, President Obama and President Peña Nieto announced the formation of the High Level Economic Dialogue to advance strategic economic and commercial priorities central to promoting mutual economic growth, job creation, and global competitiveness.
Biden is sure to avoid hot topics like the stalled immigration reform legislation and reports by spy/leaker Edward Snowden that the U.S. spied on the Mexican President during his presidential campaign.
Biden arrived last night for the one-day visit and was received the Anthony Wayne the U.S. ambassador to Mexico.