Biden nominates Ken Salazar as ambassador to Mexico

06/15/2021

Source: The Hill

President Biden will nominate former Interior Secretary and former Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar (D) as ambassador to Mexico, the White House announced on Tuesday. 

In addition to his roles in the federal government, Salazar has also been the attorney general of Colorado and was its first Latino elected to statewide office. Among his notable moves at the Interior Department was implementing a 20-year ban on mining uranium from public lands in 2012. 

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Harris aiming to deepen US relationship with Guatemala and Mexico on first foreign trip

06/02/2021

Source: CNN

Kamala Harris will try to deepen the United States’ “strategic partnership and bilateral relationship” with Guatemala and Mexico on her first foreign trip as vice president, according to her senior staff members.

Harris will visit the region next week as part of her role leading diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migration from Central America, and she will focus on economic development, climate and food insecurity, and women and young people, according to her staff. The trip underscores the administration’s heightened focus on Central America and migration from the region, especially as record numbers of unaccompanied minors cross the US-Mexico border and officials roll back some Trump-era immigration restrictions.

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Mexico offers protection to six people at its embassy in Ecuador

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10/14/19 – Reuters

By Anthony Esposito

The Mexican embassy in Ecuador’s capital Quito has offered protection and shelter to six people, including legislators and their spouses, Mexico’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

The embassy on Saturday offered protection and shelter to opposition legislator Gabriela Rivadeneira, a member of the party of former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, whose allies have been accused of stirring up unrest by President Lenin Moreno.

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Senate confirms Landau as ambassador to Mexico

8/1/19 – Reuters

By Patricia Zengerle

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The U.S. Senate confirmed attorney Christopher Landau as ambassador to Mexico on Thursday, filling a position important to negotiations on trade and immigration but which has been vacant for more than a year.

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Mexico says it’s reviewing ties with US amid tensions with Trump

04/09/2018 The Hill

luis videgarayMexico says it will review its collaborative efforts with the United States on border security, trade and more in response to President Trump’s increasingly combative comments.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met with his Cabinet on Sunday and ordered them to review all aspects of his country’s relationship with the U.S., Reuters reported on Monday.

The review will last “a few weeks,” and then Peña Nieto will make a decision on how to proceed, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso said.

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U.S. embassy workers warned after apparent explosive device found on Mexican ferry

03/06/2018 CBS News

ocean waves and beachWhat appeared to be undetonated explosives were found on a ferry that runs between the Caribbean resorts of Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel, authorities in Mexico said Friday, less than two weeks after a blast shook another ferry plying the same route.

Quintana Roo state prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech Cen said in interviews with Mexican media that the boat was anchored 500 yards (meters) from the Cozumel dock and was not in service when the object was discovered Thursday. He said a company diver reported the object, and Mexican navy divers removed it and handed it over to the Defense Department for analysis.

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Priorities for Mexico’s New U.S. Ambassador

4/14/2016 Forbes

By Duncan Wood and Viridiana Rios

forbesMexico has named their new ambassador to the United States, Carlos Manuel Sada Solana. The priority of the new ambassador is clear: to represent Mexico in a more constructive and positive manner, especially to the American people and the U.S. Congress, and to identify the Representatives and Senators that can have an influence on shaping such a positive image. This will be important not only in the context of this year’s presidential election, but also for the long-term health of the bilateral relationship.

The principal task of Ambassador Carlos Sada Solana should not be to respond in a direct manner to the current anti-Mexico discourse that is rampant during this electoral period, but rather to address this rhetoric in a strategic fashion. The importance of Mexico’s relationship with the United States should be emphasized along with the significant achievements that Mexico has had in recent years. This includes American endorsement of the reforms, the creation of the High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED or DEAN in Spanish), the development of intelligence cooperation, as well as bilateral efforts in energy, climate change, organized crime, and migration.

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View from Mexico: A roadmap for relations with Canada

6/30/2015 OpenCanada.org

Photo by Flickr user I.A.M.
Photo by Flickr user I.A.M.

Mexico’s Ambassador to Canada, Francisco Suárez Dávila, spoke to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on June 2, discussing what he saw as priorities for the next North American Leaders’ Summit.

While he questioned why more Canadian students do not study in Mexico, and why Canada’s third-largest trading partner has been given such low priority for easing mobility,  “the good news,” he said, “is that Canada and Mexico, acting together, are making progress to reverse U.S. protectionist measures on COOL, working together on TPP negotiations, and there is also progress on visas.”

Going forward, here are the 10 topics Ambassador Suarez says are “essential for the North America agenda” — in his own words.

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Mexico seeks ‘broad information’ on reported US spying

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Mexico has asked the United States to provide “broad information” about a report that it was among Latin American nations targeted by US electronic espionage, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. The Brazilian newspaper O Globo, citing documents leaked by fugitive former US intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden, reported that the National Security Agency lifted data related to energy and drugs in neighboring Mexico.

“Following the information published today, the Mexican government reiterated to the US government, through diplomatic channels, its demand for broad information on this matter,” a foreign ministry spokesman told AFP. The newspaper reported that another key US ally in the region, Colombia, was the NSA’s other main target of espionage over the past five years after Brazil and Mexico.

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Book review: U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico

Mex ambassadors thumbnailAmerican Diplomacy, 3/21/2013

Given our complex agenda with Mexico, loaded with irritants, one might have thought that there would be a careful and institutionalized process for selecting ambassadors, with a long period of preparation. To the contrary, Dolia Estévez’s study of the last nine US ambassadors to Mexico, all living, shows how disparate their backgrounds were, how little preparation some of them had, and how short-term political considerations motivated the appointments of several of them. Her study also shows the growing challenges over the years from 1977 to 2011 of managing the largest or next-to-largest U.S. diplomatic mission in any foreign country while a host of US agencies increasingly pursued their own bilateral agendas with their counterparts in Mexico.

The author herself conducted interviews with eight of the nine living former US ambassadors. (Only James Pilliod was not up to being interviewed.) After covering US-Mexico relations for twenty years, and having drawn frequently on Embassy cables, Dolia Estévez wanted to get the ambassadors’ personal reflections on the issues in the cables. The interviews are short and focused, and in some cases elicited remarkably frank answers. The result is a refreshingly straightforward survey of 30 years of US-Mexican relations.

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