White House Statement on
the Meeting Between President Reagan and President
Miguel De la Madrid Hurtado in Mazatlan,
February 13, 1988
Reagan and President De la Madrid met privately for
approximately 45 minutes with only notetakers
present. President Reagan congratulated President De la Madrid on his 5 years of
leadership and for the modernization that he had brought to Mexico. The President stressed
that during the tenure of the two Presidents significant successes had been
achieved in trade, investment relations, drug enforcement, commercial ventures,
and general economic improvements.
President stressed the importance of the drug problem for our two countries. He
raised the issue of certification to Congress by March 1 and urged the Mexican
President to work even harder on drug eradication. President De la Madrid emphasized his deep
concern and intensive efforts to deal with the drug problem. He said he
condemns narcotics and would have more to say on the matter publicly later.
President De la Madrid quoted a number of
statistics concerning their drug enforcement activities. President Reagan
recognized that Mexico has been very
cooperative in fighting drugs, but also pointed out that ``this is the year we
have to show results.''
two leaders also discussed Central American policy. The President repeated his
commitment to the peace process and to his support for the resistance.
President De la Madrid said his country has
been supportive of the Esquipulas plan [Guatemala accords]. They also
discussed East-West relations, and the President commented on his recent summit
meeting with General Secretary Gorbachev.