The United States insisted this Friday that fentanyl is a “global” problem and, in full tension with the Mexican government in this regard, reiterated that the fight to deal with this drug must be shared.
“Fentanyl is a problem that doesn’t just affect the United States. It affects all countries. It is a global issue,” John Kirby, one of the White House spokesmen, told the press.
The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, had indicated this Thursday that his country neither manufactures nor consumes this powerful synthetic opioid.
“Here we do not produce fentanyl and we do not consume fentanyl. And we are very sorry for what is happening in the United States, but why don’t they address the problem, don’t they fight the distribution of fentanyl in the United States, ”he said.
Fentanyl was one of the prominent topics of the North American Leaders Summit that was held last January in Mexico City and brought together López Obrador, US President Joe Biden, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Kirby stressed this Friday before the press that they will continue working together to stop the flow of chemical precursors used to make fentanyl, to increase seizures before that drug reaches people and to ensure that those responsible are held accountable. .
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, White House Homeland Security adviser, met with Mexican authorities this week in Mexico with fentanyl at the center of her agenda.
The meeting took place amid the controversy unleashed by the kidnapping of four Americans last Friday in the border city of Matamoros (Tamaulipas), two of whom were murdered, and the consequent proposal by the US Republican Party to declare war on the Mexican cartels and designate them as terrorists.
López Obrador, for whom this initiative by US conservatives is “irresponsible” and “an offense to Mexico”, was satisfied on Thursday with the result of the meeting and explained that they also addressed issues such as arms trafficking.