US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, today called for "deepening cooperation" between his country and Mexico to combat drug trafficking between the two nations and thus end the "opiate crisis" that, in his view, suffers the US territory.
"The United States wants to deepen cooperation with Mexico to address the production and distribution of narcotics, markets and income of transnational criminal organizations that traffic drugs to the United States," Pompeo said at a joint press conference with his Mexican counterpart, Luis Videgaray.
Pompeo said that the US suffers an "opiate epidemic" because of drug trafficking and recalled that US President Donald Trump has declared "a national emergency" for this reason.
On the other hand, the Secretary of State celebrated that Mexico, the US and Canada have been able to seal a trade agreement that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after a year of tough negotiations.
"It is a result that will benefit the three countries for many years, it will create jobs and wealth for our countries, as President Trump said, it is a very good agreement for all of us," said Pompeo.
He said that Mexico and the US still have "many challenges ahead", but that the trade agreement reached shows that they want to "work for the sovereignty and rights of our peoples."
He also thanked the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, who will hand over the position to Andrés Manuel López Obrador on December 1, for his "defense of human rights" in the face of the crises suffered by Venezuela and Honduras.
After the meeting with Videgaray, Pompeo will hold a meeting with the next Mexican chancellor, Marcelo Ebrard, and later with Peña Nieto.
Videgaray celebrated that in less than six months the US official has visited Mexico twice, which shows "a growing interest and importance that Pompeo gives to the relationship with us," he said.