Mexico's New President To Talk Immigration, Drug War, Trade With President Obama

Together with the United States and Canada, this may well contribute to guaranteeing North American energy independence — something from which we would all greatly benefit," he wrote in the Post.

Commitment to Democracy

Peña Nieto will also meet with Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress and with Vice President Joe Biden during his D.C. visit in an effort to deepen his familiarity with U.S. officials.

The Obama administration's decision to send Biden to Peña Nieto's inauguration this Saturday is seen as a positive sign in Mexico, but there is still some wariness in the Mexican public about how the new president will govern the country.

Mexico's center-right National Action Party (PAN), which has held power for the last 12 years, implemented democratic reforms and there is some concern about how those will hold up under a Peña Nieto administration. Observers will closely watch whom he appoints to cabinet positions, for example.

"I don't think the Mexican public anymore is willing to put up with the PRI of the past," said Farnsworth. He added that Peña Nieto can't earn that trust from world leaders and the public in just one day, but making a good first impression is critical.

"I expect to be judged by his actions," he said. "But if you establish that trust at the personal level [with U.S. leaders], that goes a long way," he said.

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