US Vice President Joe Biden spoke Friday in favour of deeper, more dynamic ties with Mexico, dpa reported.
"A strong, integrated North American economy, grounded on respect and 21st-century rules of the road is going to attract investment and make us both better in the global economy," Biden said at the start of a brief visit to Mexico.
He cited efforts to broaden US-Mexico ties beyond immigration and security, which remain dominant issues. Biden noted that economic integration benefits both countries.
"There is no question our economic partnership has been a success. But there is also no question that there's much, much, much, much more potential," Biden said. "And, I would add, there's also no question, unless we seize the opportunity, it may pass us by because the world is moving rapidly."
Despite the current US attention on Syria and other Middle East Issues, President Barack Obama continues to regard Mexico as an important partner, Biden said: "I want to make it clear to you that President Obama is deeply invested in the maturation of this relationship at every level."
Biden's trip, lasting less than 24-hours, aims to launch the US-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, which Obama announced in May during a visit to Mexico. Participants are to discuss border modernization, innovation, investment and better use of financial institutions and trade integration mechanisms.
Biden was scheduled to meet with Pena Nieto at the presidential residence Los Pinos.
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