Michelle Obama Will Visit Mexico Alone
First lady to shore up ties with Mexico in first solo trip
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2010 4:46 PM CDT
First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a meeting on childhood obesity, Friday, April 9, 2010, at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – MIchelle Obama will leave next week for Mexico, her first solo international visit as first lady. Obama will dine with the Felipe Calderon and Margarita Zavala in a prelude to the state dinner President Obama will host for the Mexican president and first lady in May. The first lady plans to attend a conference on reducing American demand for the drugs supplied by Mexican cartels, will and speak to students at Universidad Iberoamericana, Politics Daily reports.

"Mrs. Obama's international agenda will amplify the President's commitment to advancing mutual interests, mutual respect and mutual responsibility between nations and peoples around the world," the White House said in a statement. "During this visit, Mrs. Obama will have the opportunity to engage the citizens of Mexico, particularly young people, and build on her recent conversation with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon on the issues of education and economic advancement in both countries."