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Trump Says Will Postpone Labeling Mexican Drug Cartels as Terrorist

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Sat, 07 Dec 2019 01:54 GMT

US President Donald Trump on Friday December 6th said all required procedures have been made to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups, but said he would postpone the step at Mexican president's request, Reuters reported.

Trump planned to label the drug cartels as terrorist groups to hit them with sanctions. Mexican President Lopez Obrador said he welcomed cooperation with US to counter drug gangs, but did not like Trump's recent plan, and considered it intervention.

Trump said on Twitter he would temporarily hold off the step at the request of "a man who I like and respect and has worked so well with us," referring to Obrador.

He also vowed to work on combatting those "vicious and ever-growing organizations."

Following the tweet, Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard thanked Trump for his decision, saying on his Twitter account that "cooperation has won and there will be good results."


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