Andrés Manuel López Obrador gives a press conference about the kidnapping of four US citizens and the killing of two of them in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said this week after Washington stressed the warnings present on any trip to Mexican territory and rejected the idea that the U.S. military would fight drug dealers wherever they were. He assured on Monday that his country is “safer” than the United States.
“Mexico is safer than the US and you should have no problems traveling safely through Mexico.”
Andre Manuel López Obrador at his usual press conference.
‘Why this paranoia? .
Lopez Obrador’s remarks came after four Americans were kidnapped by suspected drug traffickers in the border city of Matamoros (a northeastern province of Tamaulipas) on March 3.
Two of the hostages reportedly died from injuries sustained while trying to flee shortly after their abduction, and another suffered a leg injury.
According to Mexican authorities, one of the victims was planning to have cosmetic surgery, so he went to Matamoros.
As a result of these events, Washington recalled the effectiveness of travel alerts to Tamaulipas. The roads of Tamaulipas have been the scene of multiple crimes in recent years.
The State Department believes only the provinces of Yucatan and Campeche (Eastern) offer safety in a travel alert.
If that were true, “not many Americans would live there (…). In the last few years, more Americans have come to live in Mexico,” he said, adding that such reported an increase in tourist arrivals to popular destinations such as Cancun in the Caribbean.
This Monday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard visited the United States to “report” on how Mexico is dealing with destabilizing issues, particularly the fight against the deadly fentanyl trafficking, Lopez said. Mr. Obrador remembered.
The campaign will be joined by the Mexican Consulate as a broadcaster.
Following Matamoros’ kidnapping, Republican lawmakers suggested that the United States use the military to fight drug cartels wherever they are.
“This is a campaign against Mexico by conservative US politicians,” the president said Monday, claiming it was a “political” issue ahead of the 2024 US presidential election.
Last Friday, the president designated Mexican cartels as “terrorists” and called Republicans who are proposing to open the door to direct action by the United States outside the border “weak, interventionist and arrogant.” expressed.
Prior to the kidnapping, the Drug Enforcement Administration had called on the Mexican government to “do more” against the fentanyl trade.