• US and Mexico host talks to reboot drugs war

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    MIAMI: Senior officials from the United States and Mexico are hosting their Central American neighbors on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to plan ways to build a legal and economic wall against the drug trade. Their two-day Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America will look at ways of rebuilding prosperous, stable economies in the region and fighting transnational organized crime. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be at pains to assure the worst-hit countries of Central America that Washington will continue to support their best efforts to assert the rule of law. But the Miami get-together comes just as President Donald Trump’s administration is looking to dramatically cut development assistance—so the meeting will also seek to interest new partners.Along with co-host Mexico and the Northern Triangle—Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador—envoys from Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the European Union, Nicaragua, Panama and Spain will also take part.

    AFP

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