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by MADLIN MEKELBURG

Gov. Greg Abbott will travel to Mexico City on Sunday to meet with Mexican officials in his first international trip as governor.

Abbott and a small delegation of Texas officials are scheduled to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas and other Mexican officials to discuss the “deep cultural and economic ties” between Texas and Mexico, according to a press release from Abbott’s office.

“Texas and Mexico have a deep cultural and economic history founded on common interests and values,” said Abbott in the release. “I look forward to continuing my discussions with Mexican officials to improve bilateral relations, expand our long-standing trade partnership and ultimately create more economic prosperity on both sides of the border.”

Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, TexasOne CEO Tracye McDaniel and other members of Abbott’s staff will accompany him on the trip, which will be paid for by TexasOne, a program of the Texas Economic Development Corp. The visit is scheduled to last until Tuesday.

Abbott’s visit was prompted by an invitation from former Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, who visited Abbott in Austin in July.

In April, Cascos traveled to Mexico at Abbott’s request to speak with government officials about the relationship between Texas and Mexico. The visit was Cascos’ first international trip as secretary of state.

MADLIN MEKELBURG reports for The Texas Tribune where this story was originally published. It is made available here through a news partnership between the Texas Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.

COVER: José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Mexico’s Foreign Affairs secretary, shakes hands with Gov. Greg Abbott during a July 0 meeting at the Texas Governor’s Mansion in Austin. PHOTO by MARJORIE KAMYS COTERA

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