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Pelosi: 'U.S.-Mexico Relationship is Among the Most Critical'

Washington, D.C. -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the following letter to the Members of the 46th Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group.  Their first meeting took place in Austin, Texas, this weekend.

Below is the text of the letter:
June 9, 2007

Dear Members of the 46th Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group:

As you participate of this weekend's 46th Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group meeting in Austin, Texas, please receive my warmest regards. 

I recently had the pleasure of hosting Senator Beltrones, Senator Creel, Senator Navarrete and Ambassador Sarukhan as my special guests for our annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S. Capitol.  As I stated on that day, the U.S.-Mexico relationship is among the most critical we have with anyone in the world, and we in the Congress have an obligation and every intention to move it forward in the upcoming year.

I was proud to name Congressman Ed Pastor as Chairman of our delegation.  As an Arizonan, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this relationship.  The Members of the U.S. delegation who accompanied him this weekend represent the diversity, knowledge, and talent we have in the U.S. Congress. 

For nearly half a century, the annual IPG summit has brought together Congressional representatives from both our countries to discuss the issues that affect us jointly.  These meetings bring continuity to our relationship and represent the best of the values we share with our neighbor to the south.
I look forward to hearing the reports, ideas, and solutions that come out of your session.


Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House