AS/COA Online | Sec. Clinton to Lead High-Level Group to Mexico

In the wake of the murder of three people with U.S. consular links in Ciudad Juarez, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads a cabinet-level delegation to Mexico on March 23. Through a bilateral meeting between secretaries from the administrations of U.S. President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderón, the delegation hopes to demonstrate the shared responsibility in the fight against drug cartels. As part of that effort, both sides will discuss the Merida Initiative, a security pact that carves out $1.4 billion in U.S. funds to support counternarcotics efforts in Mexico and Central America. The summit coincides with increased debate about how to stem the bloodshed tied to trafficking in Mexico.

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