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Obama's upcoming Mexico visit reveals "new approach" of U.S. diplomacy
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13:48, April 16, 2009

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The upcoming visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Mexico signals enhanced U.S. interest in Latin American and particularly in Mexico, a Mexican expert on international relations said on Wednesday.

"It is a new approach, a new agenda," Damaso Morales, a professor of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) told Xinhua.

Obama is set to discuss with his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon bilateral issues, including border security, fight against drug trafficking and illegal sales of U.S. weapons, on his first visit to the country on Thursday and Friday.

The two sides will see more cooperation in all aspects, and they will approach the above-mentioned issues "with a global vision and less military mentality" as adopted by George W. Bush's administration, Morales said.

The U.S. government has recognized the urgent need to fight drug trafficking, which has resulted in increasing narcotic consumption in the country, Morales added.

Washington is also ready to be part of the efforts to curb illegal sales of U.S. weapons to Mexico, a reference made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to Mexico that90 percent of the weapons used by Mexican drug cartels came from the United States.

As to migration issues, another focal point of Mexico-U.S. relations, Morales said it's unrealistic to expect too much from a single visit and even if a certain agreement is to be reached, its effects would be limited.

Obama is also expected to bring up topics like environment as the president is keen on "alternative energy and a clean industry," Morales said.


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