Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations spent several days in the Rio Grande Valley as she finished a working tour along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Ambassador Patricia Espinosa inaugurated the new consulate office of Mexico in McAllen and met with several elected officials from the valley and Northern Mexico.
Espinosa spoke about Mexico President Felipe Calderon's committment to fight organized crime and getting U.S. help during the influenza crisis.
The ambassador also highlighted the need to continue working with the U.S. to boost border economies.
"I told her McAllen has an economic agenda, and we think that helps everyone from the very poor to the very rich," McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez said. "We want to invest in the southern border and the infrastructure so that we can make trade with Mexico more efficient."