Published On: Tue, Jun 10th, 2014

Official visit of President Peña Nieto to Spain

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On Monday June 9th, in the city of Madrid, Spain, President Enrique Peña Nieto acknowledged that there is insecurity in some regions of Mexico, but said that the problem is not widespread throughout the whole country.

At the “Reform to Grow” event organized by the Spanish newspaper El País, the president said cities such as Ciudad Juárez and Monterrey had experienced serious problems but in each case the situation came under control and security has been restored.

As for states that are currently facing serious security problems, such as Tamaulipas, Guerrero and Michoacán, Peña Nieto assured the Spanish audience that a strategy to reduce the violence is already being implemented.

He said that although not all of Mexico’s insecurity problems have been solved, there has been a significant reduction in crime and violence.


President Peña Nieto visited Spain

From 2012 to 2013 there was a reduction of 12 percent, and from 2013 to 2014, there was a further reduction of 25 percent in the first quarter,” said the president during his participation at the seminar on investment in Mexico.

Spanish King Juan Carlos presided over a reception ceremony for the Mexican president in one of the monarch’s last official acts before his announced abdication takes effect.

Peña Nieto was also welcomed by Queen Sofía and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the Pardo Palace in Madrid on Monday. He was accompanied by his wife Angélica Rivera de Peña and several government secretaries for the three-day visit, which aims to improve business ties between the two countries.

In the evening, the monarch hosted a dinner in honor of the president and his wife at the Palacio Real.


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