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Mexico’s president to visit California next week

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POSTED August 22, 2014 7:58 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is coming to California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown, less than a month after Brown visited his country, officials said Friday.

The two will address hundreds of Mexican and Mexican-American leaders on Monday at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, the governor’s office announced.

On Tuesday, Brown will host a luncheon in the president’s honor in Sacramento. Pena Nieto will then address the Legislature at the state Capitol.

There was no immediate word on what Pena Nieto plans to say, but Mexico and the U.S. share concerns about a host of issues, including immigration and pollution. Mexico also is California’s largest export market.

During the governor’s trip to Mexico last month, he signed nonbinding agreements on trade, education and environmental cooperation.

One calls for a pilot program to educate Mexican temporary farm workers who travel to California about their rights and for the creation of a database of people in Mexico who recruit U.S.-bound, low-skilled workers.

California also agreed to help Mexico find ways to build renewable energy plants in Baja California and to find ways to shorten long waits at the Tijuana-San Diego international border crossing.

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