Mexican Consulate Opens in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - With the cutting of a red, white and green ribbon, officials from Mexico and the state of Arkansas celebrated a ceremonial opening today of a new Mexican consulate in Little Rock.

The consulate will serve as a link between Mexico and the United States. Mexican ambassador Arturo Zorocan says the consulate will also offer protection to Mexicans living in Arkansas.

Zorocan, speaking in Spanish, said in today's ceremony the consulate would serve one of the most important roles set forward by Mexican president Felipe Calderon by improving rights and protecting immigrant workers in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

Zorocan said there are deepening trade, cultural and educational ties between Mexico and Arkansas.

Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter says he hopes that having the consulate in Little Rock will help increase trade between Mexico and Arkansas. Currently, Canada is the number one trade partner with the state.

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