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MEXICO: PARTNER IN COUNTER-TERRORISM EFFORTS

01-06-04

Following is a statement from the U.S. Department of State:

The government of Mexico is a valued partner in the war against terrorism. The U.S. And Mexico have enjoyed a strong and continuous working relationship on the counter-terrorism front.

The government of the United States appreciates the broad range of activities the government of Mexico has taken to combat terrorism, including working with the U.S. to secure our common borders and strengthen aviation security.

These activities have been especially notable in recent days as the government of Mexico has taken extraordinary steps to assure the safety and security of citizens of both countries in response to threats to flights destined for the United States.

We commend the Mexican government for their exceptional efforts and extend our deep appreciation for their outstanding cooperation during this period of heightened terrorist threat.

We understand these security measures have caused inconveniences and delays and we are working hard in cooperation with Mexican authorities to minimize them.

We appreciate the government of Mexico’s ongoing commitment to disrupting terrorism. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Mexico to combat terrorism and other issues of mutual concern.

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