Mexico will work this week during high-level security talks to ensure “reciprocity” from the United States on issues such as arms trafficking and expulsion, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Tuesday. ..
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of State Alejandro Mallorcus, and Attorney General Merrick Garland will be one of the top delegations of the United States to meet in Mexico City on Friday.
Mr. Ebrard reiterated that it was time to “leave” the so-called Mérida initiative, a US-Mexico scheme to fund military spending, and Mexico was in a new “symmetrical and respectful” phase of security cooperation. Said that he was leading the way.
Mr. Ebrard said Mexico has ten priorities that are essentially aimed at reducing violence and wants to ensure “reciprocity in the management of arms trafficking, reciprocity in legal assistance, reciprocity in expulsion, etc.”.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promoted a non-conflicting approach to combating chronic gang violence in Mexico, arguing that economic development is the most effective way to reduce the appeal of organized crime.
Mexico wants the United States to reciprocate on security, the minister said before the talks