Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. Ambassador who fell in love with Mexico

The warmth of the Mexicans, the beauty of the landscapes offered by the country, as well as its gastronomy and cultural diversity, are some of the things that the ambassador of the United States in Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, will take to heart today as she boards the plane to depart the country after her resignation.

Today, Roberta Jacobson leaves the position as ambassador to Mexico, during her arrival at the air terminal, and in a brief message to the media, she declared that “there is a lot to do together. I am excited to begin working with my colleagues in the United States Embassy and our nine consulates around the country, to advance the broad spectrum of goals that our two nations share. ”

Roberta Jacobson was always an advocate of the good bilateral relationship between the United States and Mexico, as she made it clear since she received her credentials to the President of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, on June 20, 2016, at the National Palace.

After the ceremony, Jacobson said that a solid relationship between the United States and Mexico is one where regional and global challenges are tackled jointly, on energy, climate or competitiveness issues, among others.

“A relationship in which our shared values ​​such as poverty reduction, the growth of the middle class, the protection of basic rights, the strengthening of the rule of law, the accountability of the government weigh more than the differences that we could have,” she said on that occasion.

The former ambassador performed her duties, and also made work tours in various states of the republic, where in addition to advocating the bilateral relationship, little by little she fell in love with him.

Samples of this are found on Twitter, where she recalls her visit to Baja California Sur which gave her “the opportunity to know more natural beauties and gastronomic treasures. The meetings with students, civil society, government and businessmen were enriching. Everyone’s hospitality is remarkable. ”

Or such is the case of Oaxaca, “land of alebrijes, textiles and mezcal, of dreams and flavors. I felt embraced by your colonial essence and the candor of your people. I wish that your impressive natural beauties bring your people the prosperity they deserve. ”

However, her stay in Mexico was also framed in the tragedy, during the earthquakes last September, which affected several states of our country.

On September 7, 2017, an earthquake of 8.2 magnitude was recorded, affecting mainly Chiapas and Oaxaca.

She commented on her Twitter account “It is the first strong tremor that I feel in #CDMX. Our prayers are with the affected families, especially in Oaxaca and Chiapas. ”

A couple of days later, she visited the facilities of the Red Cross in the capital of the country, where she also gave a donation to the affected communities, and even mentions “a queue of donor citizens and very impressed with the volunteers”.

For the commemoration of independence, and after that tragedy, she tweeted “#Mexico I also believe in you. In your culture that enriches me, and in your people that I fall in love with. Happy Independence Day!”.

Only three days later, on September 19, a new earthquake would hit the center of the country. To which she expressed her solidarity with the people of Mexico. “We are with you. #Strength and #resilience to relatives and victims of #sismo. #PrayForMexico “.

The ambassador moved all the resources at her disposal, and with her influence she brought to Mexico City the Los Angeles County Search and Rescue Team to help, as well as tons of equipment.

“We remember support from the people of Mexico during Hurricane Katrina. In good and bad, #EEUU and #Mexico are #vecinos, #aliados and #friends,” she wrote at that time, always making clear the friendship of both nations.

On September 25 the ambassador delivered a donation of $100 thousand dollars in the offices of the Mexican Red Cross.


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