For Immediate Release May 7, 1997
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(Mexico City, Mexico)
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
TO THE CITIZENS OF TLAXCALA
1:41 P.M. (L)
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Buenos dias, Tlaxcala. (Applause.)
President and Mrs. Zedillo, Governor and Mrs. Alvarez-Lima, to all of our
friends from Mexico and the United States. Mayor Teroba, thank you for
welcoming us to this wonderful city. It is great to be here. I thank you for
coming out to say hello.
President Zedillo and I have been working hard, as he said,
and now we have come just to celebrate Mexico's people and culture with you.
This is an especially important day for my wife and for me because we were
married about 22 years ago, and we came to Mexico on our honeymoon. And so we
always love to come back. And this is a very romantic setting to be in today,
and we thank you for that. (Applause.)
The partnership between Mexico and the United States, the
friendship between Mexico and the United States is important to the future of
the American people and the Mexican people. It must be pursued in a genuine
spirit of respect, equality, and dignity.
We are moving into a world with great changes in the way we
work and live, and the world grows smaller because of technology and rapid
communications. But some things do not change. This beautiful city, founded
nearly 500 years ago, reminds us that even in times of great change some
things are meant to last -- our heritage, our love of family, community, our
devotion to work, our respect for the land we are blessed to inhabit.
It is my purpose to work with you to preserve the
things that we want to preserve, to change as we must so that the
people of Mexico and the people of the United States will have
more and better jobs, good health care, all our children, boys
and girls alike, will have good education, and we will be able
together to beat back our common enemies of drugs and crime, so
that as we move into the new century we will know we have
preserved our community, our values, our integrity, and we have
prepared the way for our children's future.
In closing, I would like to say a special thank you
to the Mexican people for the many contributions that Mexican
Americans have made to our life in the United States.
(Applause.) Two members of my presidential Cabinet, many people
in my administration, many members of our Congress, people
successful in all walks of life have their roots here in Mexico.
They are proud of it, and so am I. And we are going to work hard
to make sure that in the years ahead, we draw closer together, we
work together, we maintain a spirit of pride in our own heritage,
but a genuine partnership for a better future.
Thank you. Thank you, Mexico. Thank you for a
wonderful visit. (Applause.)
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