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U.S. ambassador to Mexico visits Sonora, touting strong binational cooperation

During a visit to the border in Sonora, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico touted binational cooperation, and the importance of Arizona and Sonora to that cross-border relationship.

Ambassador Ken Salazar visited several Sonoran border towns Tuesday to discuss security, trade, clean energy and port modernization projects.

He said Arizona and Sonora are finding ways to work together like they never have before.

His visit included stops in San Luis Rio Colorado, where he discussed Sonora’s planned port modernization projects; a flyover tour of a massive solar plant under construction in Puerto Penasco; and a meeting with officials in Ambos Nogales. They discussed relocating the binational railroad crossing — a pet project of Gov. Alfonso Durazo, who has repeatedly emphasized the danger and inconvenience of its current route through the towns.

Salazar has also met with leaders in Phoenix and Tucson this week.

The visits comes ahead of the 200 year anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Mexico, which were established on Dec. 12, 1822.

Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.