03/22/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/22/2023 18:57
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chair of the Senate State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations Subcommittee, joined a congressional delegation (CODEL) led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) to Mexico this past weekend. The bipartisan, bicameral delegation met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and members of his cabinet in Mexico. The delegation, which also included Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Representatives Tony Gonzales (R-Texas), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), and María Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.), received briefings from U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar and U.S. law enforcement officials on how we can better manage migration at the southern border, respond to the recent killings of Americans in the country, and strengthen efforts to stop drug and arms trafficking.
"Mexico is one of our most important partners in the world. We share deep economic and trade ties through USMCA, and our close commercial, cultural, and educational ties are strong and vital. However, there is more we can do to expand these ties. From working together to address migration, to combatting illicit drug and arms trafficking, and to facilitating free trade, we must continue to develop and strengthen the U.S.-Mexico relationship and cooperation. We had a constructive meeting with President López Obrador and members of his cabinet to discuss how both countries can better address these regional challenges together," said Senator Coons.
In Mexico City, the delegation met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar, and other U.S. and Mexican government officials.