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President Obama Announces Trip to Mexico

U.S. President Barack Obama has announced he will travel to Mexico next month, making his first trip to that country as president.

Mexico's government says President Obama will visit the country on April 16 and 17.

Mr. Obama announced the trip Wednesday during a meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He and Mexican President Felipe Calderon are expected to discuss a number of issues, including comprehensive immigration reform and the fight against drug-related violence in Mexico.

That violence has spiked across Mexico, with more than 7,000 people killed since last year.

Mr. Obama will be meeting with President Calderon for the second time in two months. The two first met in January, about a week before Mr. Obama was inaugurated.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Mexico from March 25 through 26. Her talks will cover an initiative under which the U.S. is helping Mexico combat violent drug traffickers.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.