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Mexico will not allow U.S. operations against cartels

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends a ceremony at the Military Airbase Number 1 in Santa L

The announcement of the meeting comes after US President Donald Trump said that he planned to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organisations.

In his morning press conference, the president addressed the issue in depth because of the concerns raised by the statements of the USA president and the alleged intentions of intervening in Mexico in the battle against organized crime. You know, designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process, and we are well into that process, ' Trump said.

"We are not going to allow armed people to act in our territory".

He stated his confidence that Mexico can maintain a relationship of cooperation and respect with the government of the neighboring nation.

Trump has repeatedly offered military assistance to help combat the cartels, but Mexico has consistently rejected the offer, even after the massacre of a gangster Mexican family in the United States this month.

"In the unlikely case that a decision is taken that we consider affects our sovereignty, then we will act within the framework of global law, but I see it as unlikely", said the leftist leader, who took office one year ago.

The Attorney General of the United States, William Barr, will visit Mexico next week to discuss greater security cooperation, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard had previously said.

He also sent the newly formed National Guard, created to tackle Mexico's spiraling gang-fueled violence, to Mexico's borders to help stop migrants from reaching US soil.

"I don't want to say what I'm going to do, but they will be designated", Trump answered.

Mexican authorities reacted swiftly, with the foreign minister warning against a "violation of national sovereignty".

The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has a large operation in Mexico, American planes routinely conduct counter-narcotics operations in Mexican airspace and US personnel work with the Mexican military - on condition that they are unarmed.

Latin America's No. 2 economy depends heavily on access to the USA marketplace to fuel growth, and the government is eager for US and Canadian lawmakers to approve a new trade deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

His office said it had contacted USA officials "to understand the content and the reach" of Trump's statements.

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