U.S., Mexican security officials speak despite diplomatic rift

2/8/2017 Reuters

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Senior Mexican and American military and interior officials spoke on Tuesday, Mexico’s government said, in a sign that communication remains open between the two countries, despite deep tension over President Donald Trump’s proposals.

In a telephone call, Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly discussed security issues and an upcoming meeting in Mexico City, according to a statement that gave few details.

A separate Mexican government communique showed Secretary of Defense Salvador Cienfuegos and his U.S. counterpart, James Mattis, spoke about an April meeting of security officials that will include Canada.

Mexico’s Navy Secretary Vidal Soberon was also on the call.

The Pentagon confirmed the call, noting the two countries ‘”commitment to strengthen our close bilateral defense relationship.”

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