Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:03 PM
Updated: Nov 27, 2012 12:31 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mexico's president-elect will meet with President Barack Obama for the first time today.
Enrique Pena-Nieto will also sit down with members of Congress at Capitol Hill. Pena-Nieto said he wants to reshuffle the nations' shared priorities. His talking points include the drug war, immigration and jobs.
One of the key points he'd like to discuss with President Obama is a strategy to deepen Mexico's economic ties with the U.S.
U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, who represents a part of the Rio Grande Valley and sits on the Homeland Security committee, will meet with Pena-Nieto later today.
"We have spoken several times as to what we're doing on the U.S. side. I've told him about the Jaime Zapata bill that I'm passing out, that calls for more cooperation, coordination, communication between not only the state, local and federal officials on the U.S. side, but also with Mexican officials," said the congressman.
Members of Congress are also likely to discuss ways to make border bridges more efficient. Cuellar told us he wants to brainstorm ways to improve business opportunities for Texas oil companies in Mexico. The safety of U.S. tourists in Mexico is also a big concern.
Pena-Nieto is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI in Mexico. The 46-year-old is a former governor. He will officially take office Saturday.