‘‘I have no doubt about his commitment,’’ McCain said of Pena Nieto. ‘‘I think he feels that policies and practices of the previous administration need to be examined.’’
McCain said the Mexican president had emphasized the need to reinforce Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, a new emphasis in a relationship that has focused heavily on the U.S.-Mexican border.
The Mexican government said Pena Nieto ‘‘emphasized the necessity and the benefits of diversifying the agenda and the dialogue between Mexico and the United States,’’ to focus on economic issues including the automotive industry and educational, scientific and technological cooperation.
Pena Nieto’s government is in the midst of an international and domestic public relations campaign to undercut Mexico’s association with drug crime and promote its relatively strong economic growth, driven partly by foreign investment in manufacturing plants here.
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