Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Mexico Has Eyes For N.M.(Final)

Byline: Kate Nash Journal Capitol Bureau

Richardson Says State Has Big Trade Potential

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican President Vicente Fox has his eyes on neighboring New Mexico as a partner for joint energy projects, binational trade and as a destination for Mexican tourists.

"Every day, Mexico is paying more attention to the development of New Mexico," Fox said in an interview Monday at Los Pinos, the Mexican White House. "We're looking at an area that has a lot of potential for exchanges."

The message from Fox was exactly what a delegation of New Mexicans, led by Gov. Bill Richardson, hoped to hear during meetings here with Fox and top-level Mexican officials.

"He said, 'I want my whole government in this' and he saw it (the visit) as an opportunity to really enhance ties in parts of the U.S. where Mexico doesn't have economic strength," Richardson said after meeting with Fox for much longer than planned Monday. …

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