New US Envoy arrives in Mexico, 'hand extended'
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau arrives on Friday in Mexico City to take on one of Washington's most significant consular posts.
Landau is taking on the position that has been vacant for more than a year during the most trying relations between the two North American countries.
Landau replaces Roberta Jacobson, who resigned and retired in May 2018. Jacobson is the first female U.S. envoy to Mexico.
Landau gives a brief statement to reporters at the Benito Juarez International Airport.
"I come with my hand extended,” said Landau, emphasizing that the U.S. and Mexico are “partners, neighbors, and friends.”
Speaking in Spanish, Landau says, “That is how it is today and how it always will be,” adding, “My message today is very simple.”
“The United States wins when Mexico is prosperous and stable,” says Landau, and “Mexico wins when the United States is prosperous and stable.”
The new U.S. envoy states while “obviously there are challenges in the bilateral relationship, but they are the challenges expected of any relationship that is so close."
For the first time, Mexico was the U.S. top or No. 1 commercial partner—ahead of Canada and China—in the first quarter of 2019.