Lopez Obrador says relations with the US are good after controversial exoneration Cienfuegos in Mexico

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Archive image. The then Secretary of Defense of Mexico, General Salvador Cienfuegos, addresses a hearing during the 50th anniversary of the Plan for Attention to the Population in Case of Disaster (Plan DN-III-E) in Mexico City, Mexico. July 12, 2017. REUTERS / Carlos Jasso

MEXICO CITY, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Mexican government’s relations with the current and incoming United States are good, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Monday, following the exoneration of positions in the Latin American nation of the former secretary of Defense, Salvador Cienfuegos, accused of drug trafficking in the neighboring country.

The attorney general’s office on Thursday dismissed the accusations against Cienfuegos, head of the Army during the term of former President Enrique Peña (2012-2018), who arrived in Mexico in November to follow a process previously initiated in the United States, where he had been detained.

“This does not affect relations. Relations are good, with the current government and with the government that will come into operation this week,” said López Obrador, who on Friday endorsed the prosecution’s decision and accused the US anti-drug agency, DEA, to “manufacture” the case against Cienfuegos ..

The US Department of Justice later reported that it could consider taking action against the retired military man, accused in the United States of facilitating, in exchange for bribes, the operation of the H-2 cartel, a criminal organization born in the northwestern state of Sinaloa.

In his usual morning press conference, the president also said that he expects Democrat Joe Biden to push for immigration reform once he assumes the presidency of the United States on Wednesday, alluding to a new migrant caravan that left Honduras last week. northward.

“I hope that the day I take office (…) I will speak about this issue and in the case of migrants, those who are in transit, that they will be offered an option, an alternative, nothing more than coordinated in accordance with the laws migrations from each country, other than by force, “he added.

(Report by Raúl Cortés. Edited by Ana Isabel Martínez)

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