Washington (CNN) - U.S. diplomacy toward Mexico was fueled Wednesday by sea trout, lemon meringue pie and hibiscus iced tea.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice-President Joe Biden hosted the lunch for Mexican President Calderon at the State Department.
The top floor Benjamin Franklin reception room was filled with tables covered with red tablecloths, gold-rimmed glasses and gold and white china. Some tables held large green ceramic pineapples with pots of pink and white flowers. Waiters had carefully placed hibiscus blossoms in each glass of ice tea.
In opening remarks, Clinton said "the United States is proud to be Mexico's friend, partner and neighbor."
Vice-President Biden said he admired what he called Calderon's "courage and determination" in confronting the drug cartels.
And the Mexican president praised the Obama Administration's approach to immigration. "This government is giving the right attention to this phenomenon from a perspective that will guarantee the fundamental rights and the human rights of migrants. This position honors the values and principles that support this great nation," Calderon said.
The lunch started with "avocado mosaic" with artichokes and hearts of palm, Pacific Coast sea trout with asparagus, and fiddlehead ferns and white wine.