The security component of the bilateral "bicentennial framework for security, public health and safe communities," which was announced in October, supersedes the 13-year-old Mérida Initiative.
Through the new security pact, Mexico and the United States will work to combat violence, impunity, corruption, cybercrime, money laundering, the recruitment of vulnerable people by organized crime groups, and the trafficking of weapons, drugs, and humans.
The security pact's entry into operation comes two weeks after a United States official revealed that Mexico had resumed issuing visas that allow U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents to work here after issuing such permits had stalled.
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