WASHINGTON Nov 19 President Barack Obama will
host Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto next week, the
White House said on Monday.
Obama plans to discuss a broad range of issues during an
Oval Office meeting on Nov. 27, it said in a statement.
"The president welcomes the opportunity to underscore the
shared values and strong bonds of friendship between the United
States and Mexico," the White House said.
Pena Nieto will bring Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary
Party back to power after 12 years on the sidelines when he
takes office Dec. 1. He has pledged to push for major economic
reforms, including overhauls of energy and tax laws.
The two are likely to discuss anti-drug policies, as Latin
American countries have begun to question the effectiveness of
the four-decade U.S. war on drugs.
Mexico, given its size, proximity to the United States, and
status as a prime battleground for drug-related violence, will
play a key role in that debate.
Trade is also a likely agenda item, as the Obama
administration seeks to expand business opportunities for U.S.
firms in Mexico and the region.