Mexico ambassador to U.S. raises trade concerns in Arizona

Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, talks about the current state of relations between the two countries Wednesday with Arizona State University President Michael Crow, left./ Capitol Media Services, Howard Fischer

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun

Mexico’s ambassador to the United States said Wednesday those concerned about deteriorating relations between his country and ours need to speak up.

At an event organized by the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez said he came to Phoenix as a showing of how his country and its government “value its relationship with Arizona and especially with the governor.”

But Gutierrez is making an active effort to reach out not only to Doug Ducey and Arizona but also to leaders of other border states, with recent trips to California and Texas, as he attempt to deal with what he said is a “critical” state of U.S.-Mexico relations.

“Unless we do the right thing, the status quo is going to be different,” Gutierrez said. And he told his audience that’s going to require those opposed to the direction of relations to say something — and soon.

“This is a good time for those of us who believe in the importance of a good relationship between Mexico and the United States, it’s a good time to be vocal,” he said.



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