Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard pointed out that drug trafficking from Mexico to the United States has not been reduced and homicides have increased, so what has been done must be reviewed from a “critical perspective”.
The Mexican government will present a new security plan to the United States because it considers that security cooperation now “it has not worked”, reported this Wednesday Marcelo Ebrard, head of the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE).
The Mexican Foreign Minister revealed that he raised the idea during the virtual meeting he had last Friday with Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States.
“Drug dealing) It has not been reduced, so it has to start from a critical vision of what has been done to make it better, that Mexico is preparing and Blinken told me: ‘well, we will hold the meeting as soon as we are ready’ manifested Ebrard.
The statements come a day after the publication of a report from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that reaffirms Mexico as the “greatest threat” in drug trafficking for the US territory.
In particular, the 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment report alerts the cartels of Sinaloa, the Gulf, Juárez, the Northeast, Jalisco Nueva Generación, Los Zetas, Guerreros Unidos, La Familia Michoacana, Los Rojos and the Beltrán Leyva organization .
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Addressed by the press after the inauguration of a passport office in Coyoacán, Mexico City, the Foreign Minister denied that this issue has generated “noise” in the bilateral relationship.
He also indicated that it is up to the Ministry of Public and Citizen Security (SSPC) to prepare the proposal.
“The only thing that was said in the meeting on Friday, that I had with Secretary Blinken, is that in security has not worked what has been done in both countries because consumption continues to rise, weapons and homicides continue to rise ”, he reiterated.
Security cooperation was strained after the arrest of Salvador Cienfuegos, former head of the Mexican Army, arrested in Los Angeles in October, but returned to Mexico without charge in November following the claim of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The Mexican president and the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) accused the DEA of “fabricating crimes” against Cienfuegos, who was going to face drug trafficking charges.
By order of the Mexican president, the Mexican Congress approved in December an urgent reform to the National Security Law to restrict the work and eliminate the immunity of foreign security agents in the country, with a special dedication to the DEA.
However, Ebrard indicated that security cooperation was not an issue in the first virtual bilateral meeting that López Obrador and the President of the United States, Joe Biden, had this Monday.
“We have not spoken yet, the security issue was pending, because they are organizing their scheme and Mexico is preparing what will be their proposal,” said the Chancellor.