November 19, 2012
Obama to Host Mexican President-elect November 27
U.S. President Barack Obama will host Mexico's President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto at the White House next week.
The administration said Monday that the two leaders plan to discuss "a broad range of bilateral and regional issues" during their Oval Office meeting November 27.
It said the United States remains committed to work with Mexico to increase economic competitiveness, promote regional development, and advance efforts to develop a secure and efficient 21st century border.
Pena Nieto will take office December 1 after winning July's presidential election. His Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico for 71 years, will be back in power for the first time in 12 years.
More than 60,000 people have been killed in Mexico since outgoing President Felipe Calderon began a military crackdown on drug gangs in late 2006. Earlier this month, Pena Nieto proposed shifting control of Mexico's scandal-ridden federal police from the Public Security Department to the Interior Department