139. Letter From President Carter to Mexican President Lopez Portillo1

Dear Mr. President:

I wanted to thank you for the generous hospitality which you extended to Vice President Mondale, his wife Joan, and his delegation.2

The Vice President has given me a full report, and I was pleased that your discussions were so productive. Ambassador Lucey will be in touch with Foreign Minister Roel shortly to review in greater detail the actions that we might take in the light of these discussions.

I particularly appreciated your cooperation in relaying our concerns to Cuba about developments in the Horn of Africa. Recent reports indicate that the Cubans have begun to fly bombing missions for the Ethiopians, and that the number of Cuban military in Ethiopia continues to grow. I am deeply concerned, and I seek your advice on how we might persuade them to exercise more restraint.

We are proud of the progress our two countries have made in 1977, and we have high hopes for 1978. Among other things, I hope that 1978 will see the implementation of the Treaty of Tlatelolco and the American Convention on Human Rights—both will strengthen our values in human rights, national sovereignty, and international peace. I hope we can work together to see these two treaties implemented.


Jimmy Carter
  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Country File, Box 48, Mexico, 1–12/78. No classification marking.
  2. See Document 138.