U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau. Photo: Facebook

By RICARDO CASTILLO

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat (SRE) released on Monday, Dec. 21, the text of a “note of estrangement” in regards to the arrest and temporary detention of former Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos.

Here is a translation of part of that note:

“The Secretariat of Foreign Relations (SRE) — through the directorate of relations for North America — affectuously greets the Embassy of the United States of America in Mexico and refers to information related to the arrest of (Mexican) citizen Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda on Oct. 15. 2020. in the city of Los Angeles California.

“On this issue, the SRE manifests its deep estrangement for the lack of information over the investigation carried out that led to the arrest of a Mexican national. The Mexican government allows itself to underline that under legal instruments subscribed to by both nations and cooperation agreements in terms of security, Mexico’s relationship with the U.S. government is characterized by the existence of solid links of trust and cooperation. It comes as a surprise to this administration (that of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador) the bypass of formal legal mechanisms. information exchange and cooperation available for this concrete case.

“The Secretariat of Foreign Relations, through its directorate of relations for North America, takes this notice as an occasion to reiterate to the Embassy of the United States of America in Mexico that the security of its highest and distinguished consideration.”

The once-“top secret” note was signed by North America Relations Undersecretary Roberto Velasco.

Previously, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau admitted being informed of the Cienfuegos arrest ahead of time by DEA agents.

The release of the estrangement note means two things: Welcome, Joe Biden, and the not-so-diplomatic invitation to leave of Donald Trump-appointed Landau.

He knew what was going on and did nothing to inform AMLO on the imminent Cienfuegos arrest.

Now we know why López Obrador waited so long to recognize U.S. President-elect Biden as the next guy to deal with, and why he put the fast-and-furious DEA hounds on a leash.

One thing is certain: This news is most welcome by Mexican drug cartels.

…Dec. 23, 2020

 

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