Secretary Clinton Heads to Mexico *updated w/ travel schedule*
2:40 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Espinosa hold a joint press availability in Guanajuato, Mexico.
3:45 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a working lunch with Foreign Minister Espinosa in Guanajuato, Mexico.
7:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, in Mexico City, Mexico.
PM Secretary Clinton returns from foreign travel.
It will be a short trip- today only-:
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to meet with Mexico’s foreign minister in bilateral talks Monday.
Clinton and Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa are scheduled to discuss a range of issues, including the border between the two countries and working together to fight organized crime, the U.S. State Department said.
“The secretary’s been very clear that we need to do our part on this side of the border, both in terms of stemming the flow of weapons, stemming the flow of money, and dealing with the demand … which is a core element of this challenge,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters Friday. “I’m sure they will have the opportunity to assess where we are and continue to work on our common strategy.”
Other topics on the agenda include economic competitiveness and global climate change, the State Department said.
The talks will take place in the central Mexican city of Guanajuato.
UPDATE: When photos/transcripts or videos are available I will post them. Here is a little more information:
…On her one-day visit, Clinton will travel to the picturesque colonial city of Guanajuato northwest of Mexico City to meet with her counterpart, Patricia Espinosa. The trip was the idea of the Mexican foreign minister, who wanted to spend some one-on-one time with Clinton, according to U.S. and Mexican officials. The two chief diplomats more commonly meet in larger gatherings.
Clinton and Espinosa are expected to discuss the anti-drug efforts in Mexico, which the U.S. government has committed to support with at least $1.6 billion in equipment and training through its “Plan Merida.” They are also likely to talk about commerce, the border and a long-running trucking dispute, officials said.
Mexico’s ambassador to Washington, Arturo Sarukhan, said the two countries were eager to put together a “road map” of what they could accomplish by 2012, when both countries face presidential elections. Calderon is limited to one six-year term under the Mexican constitution…