Mexican Interior Secretary in Washington! 

Mexican Interior Secretary in Washington! 
Posted by FoM on February 09, 1999 at 06:36:20 PT

MEXICO CITY, Mexico faces a deadline next month on whether it has done enough to fight drugs and avoid facing sanctions from the United States. 
Interior Secretary Francisco Labastida, who oversees domestic security and is Mexico's second highest-ranking official, was scheduled to meet today with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Attorney General Janet Reno during a trip to Washington. Labastida's visit to Washington comes at a sensitive moment in U.S.-Mexico relations. The United States must decide by March 15 whether to certify that Mexico has done enough to fight drugs. Mexico would face some diplomatic sanctions if decertified, a step most analysts view as highly unlikely. Labastida, who is also considered a leading contender for the ruling party's presidential nomination in 2000, was also to meet with FBI Director Louis Freeh. Last week, Labastida was joined by the attorney general and the heads of the army and navy in announcing $500 million in new anti-drug spending they said would go toward ``a total war'' on drug traffickers. 
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