Posted: Nov 27, 2012 4:33 PM
Updated: Nov 27, 2012 8:17 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is hailing the close relationship between the United States and Mexico as he meets with President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto four days before the new Mexican leader takes office.
Obama praised Pena Nieto's "ambitious reform agenda" and said he was confident the two countries will be able to strengthen longstanding economic and trade ties and increase security along their common border.
Obama joked that he was "jealous" of Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading a U.S. delegation to attend Pena Nieto's inauguration on Dec. 1.
Pena Nieto congratulated Obama on winning a second term and said he was looking forward to strengthening already close relations between the countries.
The two men spoke to reporters before meeting Tuesday in the Oval Office.