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US Secretary of State to Visit Mexico

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will visit Mexico to meet President Elect Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador on July 13th. Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, isn`t wasting any time, basking in the glow of his landslide election victory.

By James Blears

Mexican President Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced the upcoming July 13th visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, after visiting current President Enrique Pena Nieto in the Presidential Palace Los Pinos.   He says he won`t live there in all of its pomp, trappings  and

splendor and will take home just half of Pena`s salary.

The points of discussion with Pompeo will center on trade, the Border, immigration and security. No mention has yet been made of the controversial pending Wall, promised by President Donald Trump.  Lopez Obrador says he and his Team are working on a development plan, which aims at encouraging Mexicans via real jobs, to stay put.  He said: "There`s going to be real, deep and radical change.  But nobody should be frightened.

So far Lopez Obrador has shunned bodyguards insisting: "The people will protect me. He who fights for justice has nothing to fear."  The facts don`t seem to bear this out.  One hundred and forty five candidates for this latest set of elections including Congress, regional and local, have been murdered, mostly by drug cartels, who`ve been waging a 12 year conflict against the Government.  Lopez Obrador has stirred controversy, by suggesting it might be possible to negotiate peace with their leaders.

Listen to James Blears' report
04 July 2018, 16:11