New Mexican leader’s trip signals continuity

Andres Oppenheimer, The Miami Herald, 9/19/2012

If Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto’s first tour abroad is any indication of his foreign policy once he takes office, U.S. officials won’t have to lose much sleep: it’s going to look pretty much like Mexico’s current foreign policy.

Peña Nieto’s first foreign tour as president-elect started earlier this week in Guatemala, and was scheduled to include Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru before his return to Mexico on Wednesday.

That’s almost the same itinerary as that of outgoing President Felipe Calderón’s first foreign tour as president-elect in October 2006, when he visited Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

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