President Andrés Manuel López Obrador participated in the summit of the Asia-Pacific Cooperation Forum, in an important moment to address shared challenges in the region, especially on the border between Mexico and the United States.
In this complex web of binational relations, the traditional view of the fight against drug trafficking must be expanded, because in addition to fentanyl, it is necessary to focus on another significant threat between the two countries that from the United States to Mexico: the constant flow of arms.
The numbers are revealing and, at the same time, disturbing. The United States is the country that exports the most weapons to the whole world, and its neighboring country directly faces the consequences. The majority of firearms seized at crime scenes in Mexico come from the United States.
Arms trafficking and drug trafficking are not separate situations; They are interrelated and therefore solving both issues is important for the security of the region.
The Government of Mexico has emphasized the importance of reducing the sale of firearms as an important element to reduce intentional killings in the country, which is directly linked to its use. In this sense, the implementation of strategies that emphasize the need to stop the illegal entry of weapons is emphasized, which includes the use of stricter border measures and deeper collaboration between the authorities of the two countries to effectively interrupting the flow of weapons. .
The United States, as the main arms exporter, must commit to solving this problem comprehensively. The two governments must join forces not only to dismantle the drug cartels but also to cut the arms supply chain that feeds them.
In the context of the global attention received by this summit, media reports about Mexico and the United States should not be limited to bilateral economic relations, chemical drugs or migration. It is important to focus on arms trafficking from the United States, a problem that has claimed many lives in Mexico.
This challenge is not limited to a bilateral issue; This is a problem that transcends borders and requires an integrated response. Only through a global strategy and coordinated actions can we effectively strengthen border security.