Toast at a Luncheon
Hosted by President Miguel De la Madrid Hurtado in
De la Madrid, members of the Mexican and U.S. delegations, friends, this is the
sixth time President De la Madrid and I have met, as he told us, since 1982. I
am extremely pleased with our discussions and with the remarkable record of
accomplishment since we last met in
commercial relations are perhaps the most dramatic example of this progress.
The signing of our new framework understanding last November marked the
beginning of a special trade and investment relationship between our countries.
Today we have rededicated ourselves to work together through the framework
process and in the GATT [General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade] to seize every
opportunity to expand commerce between us. One day I hope these steps will be
seen as part of the historic evolution toward the free and unimpeded trade and
investment on this continent and in the
are, of course, obstacles to overcome, not the least of which is a persistent
debt problem. There is, however, reason for optimism on this account.
Innovative, market-based ideas on how to manage the international debt problem
And cooperation on the debt is but one of the many areas where progress is being made. Agreements that have been reached or are near in several areas -- such as textiles, telecommunications, and civil aviation -- are positive steps forward. We can also point to the successful management of difficult environmental problems along our common border. Under the agreement we signed in 1983, we're meeting our responsibilities. This is exemplified by the recently signed contingency plan on hazardous substances.
movement and employment needs will continue to be crucial factors in our relationship.
And I'm gratified by the new dialog we've undertaken on these subjects and by
the establishment of
mutual legal assistance treaty signed in December has already been ratified by
the Mexican legislature. A few days ago I transmitted this treaty to the United
States Senate for prompt ratification so that cooperation against criminals can
be intensified. And as for the fight against criminals, Mr. President, perhaps
our most serious undertaking has been the battle against the scourge of
international drug trafficking and the use of these drugs in our societies. The
people of the
menace threatens the fabric of both our societies. The heartache and corruption
brought on by these traffickers are pervasive. President De la
first responsibility to our citizens is to assure them an environment where
they can raise their families in peace and freedom and prosperity. And that is
why our commitment to democracy in our hemisphere must be unshakable.
Totalitarian societies -- such as those in the
A year from now, new Presidents will be in office in both our countries. They will be challenged, as have you and I, Mr. President, to achieve real, measurable progress on matters that concern us both because they affect the daily lives of our people. In the past 5 years, we have demonstrated that we can cooperate to achieve creative, mutually beneficial solutions, and this is a valuable legacy that we leave to our successors.
President, I want to say publicly before we part that I truly believe history
will honor you for the wise and politically courageous way you're guiding
I arrived today, I spoke of the foundation for Mexican-American relations that
we've laid these last 5 years. Well, you know, one of my first jobs as a young
man was digging foundations at a construction site. I worked there with strong,
decent men whose hard work was a necessary part of the building process.
President De la
I propose a toast to you and to relations between the
Note: President Reagan spoke at in the Salon