Clinton Invites Fox to Discuss U.S.-Mexican Relations

U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday that he had invited Mexican President-elect Vicente Fox to discuss bilateral relations in Washington.

He told reporters at the White House that he had called Fox and told him that he would be "welcome here at any time if he would come up and sort of get our relationship started."

"The relationship that we have with Mexico needs to go beyond individual personalities always, because we have too much in common and too much of a future to build together," he said.

Meanwhile, the White House reacted cautiously to Fox's suggestion at a press conference on Tuesday to transform the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into a common market similar to the European Union.

"As far as some of the specific ideas that he's put out there, although they're quite general, I think we'll wait until he has a chance to formulate them in more detail and has a chance to come and talks to the president," White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said.

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