U.S. President Donald Trump said the designation of Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations will be temporarily delayed following a request from Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
“We are certainly ready to do so (declare terrorist organizations of the Mexican cartels). However, at the request of a man i like and respect, and who has worked so well with us, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will temporarily delay this designation and we will intensify joint efforts to deal decisively with these vicious and constantly growing organizations,” he posted on his Twitter account.
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All necessary work has been completed to declare Mexican Cartels terrorist organizations. Statutorily we are ready to do so. However, at the request of a man who I like and respect, and has worked so well with us, President Andres Manuel @LopezObrador_ we….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2019
Foreign Secretary (SRE), Marcelo Ebrard, appreciated the decision, and said he “won the cooperation and there will be good results.”
On behalf of the Government of Mexico, I appreciate President Donald Trump’s decision to postpone the appointment of organizations as terrorists at the request of President López Obrador, who also respects and appreciates him. He won the cooperation and there will be good results.
— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) December 7, 2019
“I welcome the fact that he has taken our opinion into account because we must work, as he puts it, in a coordinated way, there must be cooperation, with respect for our sovereignty. I think the decision he made today was very good,” President López Obrador said, since his tabasco tour.
The announced pause follows that Trump said in an interview that Mexican drug cartels will be designated by the United States as terrorist organizations.
“Absolutely they will be appointed … I’ve been working on this for the last 90 days. You know, the designation isn’t that easy, you have to go through a process,” he said in the interview.
Following the murder in Sonora of several members of his family in Mexico, the LeBarón family asked the United States government to declare Mexican drug cartels terrorist organizations.
This, on the grounds that the policies implemented by the Mexican government to combat drug trafficking have been “failed”.
The position of the Mexican government has been that no action that would signify a violation of national sovereignty will ever be allowed.
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