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Governor to host Mexican President Vicente Fox

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced today plans for Mexican President Vicente Fox to visit the State May 23 and 24, calling the trip an historic occasion. This visit is still awaiting approval from the Mexican Congress.

"This is the first time a Mexican president has visited our great State and I am honored President Fox has accepted our invitation," Governor Huntsman said. "It is vitally important that we continue to strengthen this relationship with Mexico as Utah's economy becomes more global. The economic, cultural and educational links our State enjoys with Mexico cannot be understated."

Governor Huntsman invited President Fox to visit Utah when the Governor traveled to Mexico City in July of 2005. Utah will be the first stop for President Fox's trip which is also set to include Seattle, Washington and Sacramento, California.

"With this visit, President Fox is responding to the kind invitation of Governor Jon Huntsman. The purpose of President Fox's visit is to engage in a political dialog, to visit the Mexican community, and to improve economic relations," said Salvador Jimenez, Mexican Consul. "But the goal is to set the basis for a strong and lasting friendship with the State of Utah."

President Fox's itinerary is still tentative but will include visit with religious, business, community and Hispanic leaders, an address before the Utah State Legislature and a State Dinner at the Governor's Mansion.

"I appreciate President Fox's leadership and our friendship and look forward to visiting with him again," Governor Huntsman said.

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