Between them, the agreement to deal with arms trafficking between the US emerged. and Mexico. The attempt to capture the son of "Chapo" Guzman unleashed a pitched battle.
The presidents of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the US Donald Trump agreed that officials from both countries will meet next week to propose “immediate actions” to freeze arms trafficking after the violence in Culiacán, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Saturday.
Ebrard told reporters that López Obrador asked Trump to freeze arms trafficking to Mexico from the United States, during the phone call that the US president made on Saturday to express his solidarity about the events in the northern city of Culiacán.RELATED
López Obrador thanked Trump for demonstrating respect for Mexico's sovereignty and his willingness to maintain a good neighborhood policy.
The confrontation of shots in the city of Culiacán of 800 thousand inhabitants took place on Thursday after the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, son of the drug lord, Joaquín "El Chapo Guzmán" Loera, before a request for extradition from the United States. Guzmán Sr. purges a life sentence in the United States.
The Mexican government freed the son of "Chapo Guzmán" when the hitmen took soldiers hostage in the middle of a green battle in Culiacán.
Trump's response was that a meeting between authorities of both countries be held immediately to discuss the strategies of the two countries, Ebrard said during the tour he made with López Obrador to the southern state of Oaxaca.
This meeting will present “the immediate actions with the objective of freezing, not reducing the arms traffic of the United States,” said the Mexican Foreign Minister.
Ebrard said that López Obrador told Trump during the phone call that "Mexico's highest concern is weapons" and that 80% of those seen in the Culiacan clashes come from the United States.
The Mexican Foreign Minister said that the use of this type of weapons "was one of the factors that greatly influenced what happened in Culiacán," where 8 people were officially killed, 16 more were injured and 51 inmates escaped from the prison in that city.
He said that “Trump told López Obrador that he respects his work and the solidarity and support of the United States in his fight on security matters and told him that they are better able to listen and support the initiatives that Mexico will propose on safety matter".
Ebrard defended the decision of the Mexican government to suspend the operation he located, but did not stop the son of the "Chapo" Guzmán Loera, Ovidio Guzmán López, to protect lives and avoid effects on the population. He said that the arrest warrants against these people are still in force and that if the order had been given to continue the operation "it is estimated that the dead would have exceeded 200, judging by the circumstances."
He affirmed that the government does not consider acceptable the "traditional doctrine of collateral damage" in which the important thing is to capture one, two, and it does not matter if that is why one hundred die. "Collateral damage is not acceptable and for that reason it was determined that those lives would not be put at risk," Ebrard said.