Obama calls presidents of Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia

13:11, October 13, 2009      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday called his counterparts in Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia, vowing to strengthen cooperation with those countries on common challenges.

According to a White House statement, Obama thanked Felipe Calderon of Mexico, Oscar Arias of Costa Rica and Alvaro Uribe Velez of Colombia for their respective calls regarding the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

"President (Obama) reaffirmed his commitment to continuing efforts to work in partnership to promote greater economic and social inclusion, dismantle illicit drug trafficking organizations, and confront other key challenges facing the people of the Americas today," said the statement.

Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia are all Washington's important partners in Latin America. The Obama administration has been seeking a new approach to strengthen U.S. influence in the region.

Source: Xinhua
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