Mexican official visiting Raleigh says countries stronger working together

Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Ruiz Massieu. (Contributed)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A top official with the Mexican government paid a visit to Raleigh Thursday.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, was part of the National Public Affairs Forum at City Club Raleigh, discussing the “current state of the U.S.-Mexico bi-lateral relationship.”

Ruiz Massieu weighed in on the ongoing debate about the immigration problem, pointing out that the U.S. and Mexico have a shared responsibility to find a solution.

She also discussed issues of immigration in her own country, as more migrants from South American nations seek refuge and a new life in Mexico, and later the U.S.

The secretary noted that building infrastructure and addressing security concerns in those countries can help combat the region’s overall problem with those entering countries illegally.

The secretary also highlighted the Tar Heel state as a powerful trade partner that provides growing opportunities for both the U.S. and Mexico.

She tells CBS North Carolina that Mexico wants to keep investing in the region, and she says that means more jobs.

“200,000 jobs in North Carolina depend on our bi-lateral trade,” Ruiz Massieu detailed. “We have a large presence of Mexican companies here that also create and generate a lot of jobs here.”

In February, Ruiz Massieu responded to questions about the nation’s political climate and Donald Trump, now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Then, she called Mr. Trump both “ignorant and racist,” and that his plans to build a wall were “absurd.”

Thursday, she portrayed a softer tone regarding how a Trump presidency might affect relationship between the two nations.

“Regardless of who the American people decide is going to be their next president, we will keep on working with that government because we are convinced we are more prosperous when we integrate,” she said.

Ruiz Massieu stressed that both Mexico and the United States are stronger together than divided, which is why the nation plans to work with whomever makes it to the White House.

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