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Washington OKs Mexican Ambassador

December 16, 2000

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Washington has approved the Mexican government’s choice for its new ambassador to the United States, President Vicente Fox’s administration said Friday.

Juan Jose Bremer’s appointment must still be approved by the Mexican congress, which is expected to vote next week, according to the government news agency Notimex.

Bremer, a former ambassador to Spain, has been an outspoken critic of the U.S. evaluation of Mexico’s performance on countering drugs. Opponents say it is unfair for the United States alone to decide.

Bremer has said the process ``hurts our spirit of cooperation and our mutual confidence.″

Fox also has said the current process ``eats away″ at U.S.-Mexico relations and has proposed countries affected by drug trafficking unite forces to combat it.

Bremer is a former congressman of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. Fox, of the conservative National Action Party, defeated the PRI July 2 to become the first opposition president in 71 years.

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