| 29 May 2024, Wednesday |

Mexico’s top diplomat stresses cooperation with U.S. versus intervention

Mexico’s top ambassador blasted former U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s remarks on Friday, saying Mexico “would never allow its sovereignty to be infringed.” Barr had urged for stronger U.S. participation in Mexico to combat drug gangs.

After an opinion piece written by Barr and published in the Wall Street Journal last week, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard wrote his own rebuttal and emphasized cooperation over U.S. military participation in Mexico.

Barr’s opinion piece compared Mexico’s “narco-terrorist” cartels to the jihadist Islamic State and backed a Republican proposal to give the U.S. president the power to send the military to fight against the cartels.

“The voracious demand for drugs in the U.S., along with the widespread availability of military-style weapons there, largely explains the cartels’ power to wreak havoc,” Ebrard shot back.


In recent days, calls for U.S. intervention in Mexico have ramped up after two Americans were killed and two others kidnapped in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, presumably by a drug cartel.

“This is a national security threat for both countries and we need bipartisan pressure on the President of Mexico to put a stop to this,” Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw tweeted.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rejected the calls for U.S. intervention Thursday, calling them “irresponsible.”

Ebrard said the proposal by Barr, who served in Donald Trump’s term, “would lead to even more violence and victims on both sides of the border” and wipe out cooperation between the two countries.

Instead, Ebrard stressed the two partners were already working to develop a framework which would address the production of synthetic drugs, particularly fentanyl.

“We need an effective drug policy, and the illegal flow of weapons into Mexico must stop,” Ebrard added.

  • Reuters