Michelle Obama visits Mexico

By Robin Givhan and Debbi Wilgoren
Wednesday, April 14, 2010; 12:21 PM

MEXICO CITY--First Lady Michelle Obama visited Mexico's presidential compound and the national anthropological museum Wednesday morning as part of a two-day trip to the United States's southern neighbor.

After making an unannounced stop in earthquake-ravaged Haiti on Tuesday, Obama arrived in Mexico's capital Tuesday night. She was greeted by a crowd of exuberant, flag-waving children and a line of diplomats.

Wednesday morning, security was tight and the streets of the usually traffic-choked capital were eerily quiet as Obama and her entourage headed to the presidential compound for a meeting with Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala.

The women spoke for about 45 minutes, and according to a White House account "discussed a series of issues of importance to young people in both the United States and Mexico, including drug addiction treatment and early prevention programs and the importance of the humane treatment of unaccompanied migrant children."

The White House statement said the first ladies "underscored the importance of engaging families and communities in tackling the challenges facing young people in both countries as a key to helping build a better future for the United States and Mexico."

Obama is also scheduled to visit a public elementary school; give a speech to area high school and college students; and lead a round-table discussion with youth leaders.

The visit is Obama's first solo, official foreign trip since her husband was elected president in 2008. "Mexico is really a natural first step for me," Obama said on her plane Tuesday night, according to a video released by the White House. "The relationships that our countries have with one another are so deep and broad. So many U.S. citizens trace their roots back to Mexico."

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