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Statement on Tragedy in Mexico City

Published May 04, 2021 by A.J. Mistretta

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Statement from the Greater Houston Partnership 
The Greater Houston Partnership offers its sincere sympathy to the people of Mexico City following yesterday’s terrible subway overpass collapse that claimed dozens of lives. Mexico is a great friend and partner with Houston; our two regions share significant cultural and business ties. Mexico City itself is known around the world as one of the most culturally rich global metros and we offer our support as they recover from this tragedy. 
 

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