US-Mexico Security Relations Highlight Bi-Lateral Chamber Event

December 10, 2008

First Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge discussed US-Mexico security relations with Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and Rep. Silvestre Reyes today. The forum, sponsored by the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, focused on the Merida Initiative and related efforts to improve conditions for greater security and prosperity at the two countries’ mutual border.

“The free flow of people and trade requires between the United States and Mexico requires that both nations ramp up efforts to spot and stop transnational gangs and criminal organizations, “said Ridge following the event. “The United States has a strong partner in Mexico. I believe that, by working more closely together, we can be more creative and aggressive in the ways in which we thwart these criminal forces.”

The advancements of border technology, joint efforts against traffickers and drug cartels and continued dialogue between the two nations highlighted the session, attended by participants from the diplomatic and private sector communities.

Per the U.S. Department of State: “The Merida Initiative is a multi-year proposal to provide equipment and training to support law enforcement operations and technical assistance for long-term reform and oversight of security agencies.” To read more about the Merida Initiative, click here.

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