Mexico City, Mexico — The United States has begun the construction of its new diplomatic headquarters in Mexico with the placement of the first stone by the ambassador, Roberta Jacobson.
The new US Embassy will be safe, modern and environmentally sustainable Roberta Jacobson explained at the ceremony in Mexico City, which was attended by the Mexican Secretary of the Interior, Alfonso Navarrete and the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for North America, Carlos Manuel Sada.
The new US diplomatic headquarters will be built on 34,000 square meters of land in the Mexican capital with a budget of $943 million USD by the American consortium Caddell Construction.
Diplomatic authorities of the United States indicated that around 2,500 people from the United States, Mexico and other countries will work on its construction, although 1,200 of them are expected to be Mexicans.
The embassy will be in operation by 2022 and will replace the current one, which for the past 50 years, has been located in the central Paseo de la Reforma.
The United States has had an embassy in Mexico since 1898 as a testimony of the strong relationship between both nations, said Jacobson, emphasizing that the current one endured the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes that hit the Mexican capital.
The ambassador said that the new building will have a large patio as a tribute to distinctive spaces of Mexican architecture, such as the National Museum of Anthropology, and will also celebrate the “vibrant cultural heritage” of both nations.
In turn, Navarrete stressed the importance of the fact that this new diplomatic headquarters will be the “largest on the planet that the United States of America has.”
The Mexican minister considered that more than a building, an embassy “is a huge bridge of friendship”, a “meeting point” and space for the understanding and cooperation of sovereign nations.
Mexico and the United States are two nations with strong ties and enormous challenges with common objectives. We are nations that complement each other in many aspects and our destinies are inexorably intertwined by our neighborhood said Alfonso Navarrete.
He recalled that these nations are joined by more than 3,000 kilometers of border and also “a community of millions of people with roots on both sides of the border,” as well as “a dynamic commercial relationship of interdependence and shared benefits.”
Taking the opportunity, Sada highlighted that the Mexican and American communities that live on both sides of the border are a reflection of the depth of the ties between both nations.
“Our communities reflect the depth of our ties,” said Sada, noting that more than one million Americans reside in Mexico and 11 million Mexicans in the United States, not counting the 23 million Mexican-Americans.