Agents of United States agencies cannot enter Mexico without the knowledge of the Mexican government, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday.
"That they cannot enter our territory without us knowing, as happened previously, they entered without asking for permission, entered the kitchen and even gave orders and directed operations. That is no longer allowed"commented the president in his usual morning press conference.
López Obrador said that, during the meeting on Sunday with 12 legislators and other representatives of the US government at the National Palace, they discussed security and also fentanyl, an issue on which there has been a controversy in recent weeks, before the ppresence in Mexico of this drug that has killed more than 80,000 people in the United States last year.
As a result of this, US legislators said that they would present an initiative for the Armed Forces of their country to intervene, but in the end they did not. "It was clear that we do not accept that"sentenced López Obrador, although, he said, that issue was not discussed on Sunday.
On this issue, the president clarified -after different positions- that fentanyl is not produced in Mexico, but that it is introduced from Asia and reaches the country, but also arrives "directly" To united states.
"In a very irresponsible way they blame Mexico"established, and said that in the country there has been a seizure of six tons of fentanyl.
This despite the fact that the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) reported on several occasions having dismantled laboratories in the north of the country.
These statements contribute to the debate between the governments of the United States and Mexico regarding the fight against fentanyl, since both have assured that there is a lack of action to deal with this problem and have accused each other of not properly addressing the situation.
The controversy has intensified after the kidnapping of four Americans in the border city of Matamoros (Tamaulipas), of which two were assassinated, and the consequent proposal of the United States Republican Party to designate the cartels as terrorists so that its Army can combat them, to which Mexico opposed.
López Obrador has denied on different occasions that fentanyl is produced in Mexico, although last Thursday he stated that “there is production” of this substance in the country, although the raw material comes from Asia.