For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 5, 2001
Remarks by President George Bush
And President Vicente Fox of Mexico
in Photo Opportunity
the Cabinet Room
12:33 P.M. EDT
PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President,
first, let me introduce you to many of the members of our press corps,
which are fine Americans. (Laughter.)
We have had an extraordinary
meeting. Not only did the President and I meet in the Oval
Office, for a continuation of our frank discussions on very important
issues that relate to our two countries, we then just had a joint
I suspect this is the first time there has
been a joint Cabinet meeting between the Mexican government and the
United States government, or the United States government and any
government, for that matter. And some of our Cabinet
officials briefed the President and me on a variety of
subjects: crime, agriculture, water issues, energy,
migration and foreign policy within the region.
What I came away with is that the spirit
of cooperation has never been stronger; that not only do the President
and I consider ourselves friends, but our Cabinet officials have gotten
to know each other on a personal basis. And the dialogue is
very important and very frank.
Our relationship with Mexico is an
incredibly important relationship. It's one where there's a lot of
opportunity, and it's a relationship where there are
problems. And in order to deal with those problems and take
advantage of those opportunities, it's important to have discussions at
all levels in our government. And this is what we've begun.
Mr. President, I'm so honored you are
here. This is the first State Visit that I've had as the
President, and I can't think of a better State Visit and a better way
to culminate the morning than to have had a frank discussion amongst
the able team that you've put together and the able team that I've put
I'd be glad to have some of your comments,
PRESIDENT FOX: Thank you very
much. I think there are a lot of expectations out of this
visit, the State Visit to the United States. We are very
pleased and honored to be here, especially to witness the effort, the
amount of jobs, the amount of work and meetings that have gone through
since we last met in Mexico.
As was mentioned here, the ambiente is the
correct ambiente; it is of a professionalism; it is a frank and open
discussions; it is of productivity, this ambiente which we are living
during the day.
It was mentioned here that today we have
an everyday contact on most of the working teams that are doing this
job behind the scene that we're seeing here. I'm very, very
satisfied, where we have been reported today as the work that has been
done in the last six months. And there is clear advantage on
each of the subjects.
But more so, there is a clear advance on
this philosophy of trust that we are building in, that we have built in
the process and that is the foundation of the actions, the
deliberations, the discussions and the conclusions and decisions that
are being taken all along through the process.
So to us, today we reaffirm that this
friendship, this strong relationship that has been built between Mexico
and the United States is becoming now very productive. So we
make -- that this will come on flowing in this close future and keep
advancing on each of the subjects that we have discussed.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you all