President Obama on Tuesday welcomed Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto to the White House, where Obama said he looked forward to cooperating with Nieto on a range of issues, from border security to trade. Nieto has pledged to crack down on Mexico's notorious drug cartels — an issue that has law-enforcement and national-security implications for the U.S. — but has departed from his predecessor, Felipe Calderon, in stressing the need to modernize Mexico's economy and reform its trading relationship with the U.S. Obama said he had invited Nieto before the Mexican leader's inauguration this weekend because of the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship. He added that he was "jealous" of Vice President Joe Biden, who will lead the U.S. diplomatic delegation at the inauguration. "Any excuse to go to Mexico, I'm always game," he said.
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