Mexico warns will not allow U.S. operations against cartels

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador walks off the plane after traveling in economy class aboard a

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador walks off the plane after traveling in economy class aboard a

Lopez Obrador is also battling record levels of violence, which has caused more friction with the Trump administration.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that his government was committed to fighting organized crime, seeking to dispel fears that the United States could take matters in its own hands in the fight against drug cartels.

The issue became more prominent after a family of Mormons, many of whom held U.S. citizenship, was attacked by a cartel in Mexico on November 4, which left nine people dead, including six children.

U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier this week that he plans to designate the Mexican cartels as terrorist groups, a move aimed at disrupting their finances by imposing sanctions. Armed foreigners can not intervene in our territory.

"Since 1914, there has been no foreign intervention in Mexico and we can not allow that", López Obrador said Friday at a regular press conference, referring to the U.S. occupation of the port of Veracruz 105 years ago.

Lopez Obrador said he considered any such operations unlikely, saying there was "great cooperation" between the neighbours.

"In the unlikely case that a decision is taken that we consider affects our sovereignty, then we will act within the framework of worldwide law, but I see it as unlikely", said the leftist leader, who took office one year ago.

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The Mexican Foreign Minister said earlier that next week, US Attorney General William Barr will visit Mexico to discuss security cooperation. Lopez Obrador was elected in 2018 on a "strategy for peace" and promises of amnesty to non-violent cartel members. "They have unlimited money, the people, the cartels, because they have a lot of money, because it is drug money and human trafficking money".

Trump made his controversial comments in a radio interview with conservative media personality Bill O'Reilly that was posted online.

"I don't want to say what I am going to do, but they will be designated", said Trump when asked if drone strikes in Mexico were a possibility.

"I will be designating the cartels. absolutely".

Mexican authorities reacted swiftly, with the foreign minister warning against a "violation of national sovereignty". "I have been working on that for the last 90 days", said Trump.

Latin America's No. 2 economy depends heavily on access to the USA marketplace to fuel growth, and the government is eager for US and Canadian lawmakers to approve a new trade deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Mexico lost more than half its territory to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican-American War - just one on a long list of grievances. He urged Mexico to join him in wiping out the drug cartels.

"There are DEA agents based here permanently, American personnel embedded with the Mexican marines, accompanying them on their missions...."

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