The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, made a working visit to the cities of Tijuana, Baja California, and San Diego, California, which included tours of different border facilities and meetings with members of the Mexican community, government authorities, representatives from the business and academic sectors.
Upon her arrival in Tijuana, Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena was received by the governor of Baja California, Marina del Pilar Ávila, with whom she visited the Passport office at the Tijuana International Airport. The head of the SRE greeted the staff and supervised the facilities that can attend more than 350 thousand appointments a year.
Subsequently, Foreign Minister Bárcena Ibarra toured the area where the new Mesa Otay II port of entry will be located to review the progress on the Mexican side. Gen. Raúl Manzano, in charge of the project by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), explained the details of this work that will speed up the transit of goods and people on the border shared with the United States.
In that sense, the head of Mexican diplomacy highlighted that the modernization and construction of bridges and crossings is one of the priorities of the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, she assured that the investment of the Government of Mexico not only benefits the trade of the region but also increases the capacity to detect weapons and synthetic drugs trafficked in the area. Likewise, he stressed the importance of the United States working in coordination with Mexico to conclude the project on both sides of the border.
Later, the delegation went to the San Antonio de los Buenos Wastewater Treatment plant, a key project of Act 328 of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) to solve the problem of water sanitation in that border region. Secretary Alicia Bárcena Ibarra invited the authorities to continue working to generate greater impacts on the environment, sustainability, and the future of the area, as they seek to achieve an economically powerful and socially and environmentally inclusive binational space.
As part of the agenda, the chancellor also visited the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego where she held a dialogue with the staff and officials of the Mexican Foreign Service who work in representation about foreign policy priorities and the work of protection and assistance. consulate of the Mexican community residing in the County.
In the same consular representation, the head of the SRE received community and opinion leaders, as well as representatives of the academic and business sectors and officials of San Diego, with whom she exchanged points of view on the main challenges and opportunities for Mexicans. who live on this border.
In addition to Governor Marina del Pilar, Secretary Bárcena was accompanied on her visit by the head of the North American Unit, Roberto Velasco Álvarez; the consul general of Mexico in San Diego, Carlos González Gutiérrez; the Secretary of Economy and Innovation of the state of Baja California, Kurt Honold Morales; Secretary for Water Management, Sanitation and Protection of the state of Baja California, José Armando Fernández Samaniego; and the commissioner of the Mexican Section of the IBWC, Adriana Reséndez Maldonado; among other officials.
Secretary Bárcena will participate in the meeting of the Security Cabinet, called by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and will visit the Carmen Serdán Migrant Integration Center, which provides shelter, food, medical service, employment, and education to people and families in the context of mobility.