U.S. President Barack Obama, meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the White House, hails the 'tremendously enduring'' partnership with Mexico, but says both nations have a ''shared commitment'' to battle opioid abuse. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama said on Friday after meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto that Mexico is a critical partner to the United States on a host of issues, including security and climate change. "I am proud of what we've achieved together," Obama told the Mexican leader, noting that with the heated rhetoric of the U.S. presidential election campaign, Mexico's importance to the United States as a major trading partner and neighbor is often not acknowledged. Obama in his opening remarks also went on to say that the two nations had a shared committment to curb illicit drug purchases, and praised Nieto for his commitment on fighting drug trafficking. "I applaud president Pena Nieto's commitment to combatting organized crime, and for developing a new plan to curb poppy cultivation and heroin production," Obama said. e