Mexico seeks reciprocity from U.S. on safety, minister says earlier than talks

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MEXICO CITY, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Mexico will work throughout high-level safety talks this week to make sure “reciprocity” from the United States on issues resembling arms trafficking and extraditions, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard mentioned on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland shall be among the many delegation of prime U.S. officers resulting from maintain conferences in Mexico City on Friday.

Reiterating that it was time to “leave behind” the so-called Merida Initiative, a U.S.-Mexican scheme offering funds for navy expenditure, Ebrard mentioned Mexico was ushering in a brand new “symmetrical and respectful” part in safety cooperation.

Ebrard mentioned Mexico had 10 priorities primarily aimed toward decreasing violence, and needed to make sure that there was “reciprocity in controlling arms trafficking, reciprocity in legal assistance, reciprocity in extraditions, and so on”.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has promoted a non-confrontational method to combating persistent gang violence in Mexico, arguing that financial improvement is the best method of decreasing the attraction of organized crime.

Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard speaks during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S. September 23, 2021. John Minchillo/Pool via REUTERS