Obama say he won’t judge Mexican security moves

Obama to meet Mexican president
FILE - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during the inauguration of the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Lima, Peru, in this April 24, 2013 file photo. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he will wait until he meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto later this week before judging Mexico’s moves to curtail broad access to U.S. security agencies in the battle against drug trafficking and organized crime

Obama, who will travel to Mexico City Thursday, said Nieto is “serious about reform.” He said Mexican security changes appear to have more to do with internal Mexican coordination than with how they deal with the United States.

The Mexican government said Monday all contact for U.S. law enforcement will now go through the federal Interior Ministry.

Obama said: “I’m not going to yet judge how this will alter the relationship between the United States and Mexico until I’ve heard directly from them what exactly they are trying to accomplish.”

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