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U.S., Mexico: Merida Initiative Group Meets

1 MIN READApr 29, 2011 | 20:55 GMT
The Merida Initiative High-Level Consultative Group, led by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Patricia Espinosa, held its third meeting April 29, according to a statement issued by the U.S. and Mexican governments. The meeting focused on four areas of cooperation previously highlighted by U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon: weakening criminal organizations' capabilities, strengthening public institutions to fight organized crime, developing a secure border that allows efficient legitimate travel and commerce while disrupting the flow of illicit goods, and addressing the root causes of violence in both countries.

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