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President vows to help Mexico fight drug cartels

MEXICO CITY — Acknowledging uncertainty ahead, President Obama said Thursday that the United States would cooperate with Mexico to fight drug-trafficking and organized crime in any way Mexico’s government deems appropriate. President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico emphasized that the security relationship must be expanded to focus on trade and commerce.

Appearing with Pena Nieto at a news conference, Obama recommitted the United States to fighting the demand for illegal drugs in his country and the flow of illegal guns across the border to Mexico, even as the southern neighbor rethinks how much access it gives to American security agencies.

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