Mexico City, January 10, 2009, President Bush will welcome President Felipe Calderon of Mexico to the White House on January 13, 2009.
The White House explains: "This visit provides an opportunity to highlight our strong relationship with Mexico. The two leaders will discuss our partnership to confront criminal organizations and related violence that plague the region, including implementation of the Merida Initiative. The President will also use the meeting to again acknowledge President Calderon's courage and the people of Mexico's sacrifice in confronting the drug traffickers."
President Calderon will be the first and only Head of State to meet President-Elect Obama before Inauguration.
Los Pinos, the Presidency of Mexico, and the Office of the President-Elect have confirmed that on January 12, President Felipe Calderon will travel to Washington for his first working meeting with the President-Elect of the United States, Barack Obama.
The meeting will be held at the Mexican Cultural Institute's 16th Street Historical Mansion in Washington where Felipe Calderon and Barack Obama will discuss the main issues on the bilateral agenda and issues of regional and world importance.
The Mexican President has scheduled meetings with both Democrat and Republican leaders of the U.S. Congress and officials and specialists in the economic sphere to analyze the international financial situation. He will also meet with the media and personalities from the academic sphere.