Sarkozy hails Mexico’s fight against organised crime

March 10th, 2009 - 11:30 am ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, March 10 (IANS) French President Nicolas Sarkozy Monday hailed Mexico’s battle against powerful drug cartels during his first official visit to the Latin American country, EFE news agency reported.
“I’d like to mention today how much we support your brave and determined battle against organized crime,” Sarkozy said at the National Palace during the welcome offered by his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon.

The French leader is in Mexico to discuss the global financial crisis and several bilateral issues, including a French citizen imprisoned in Mexico for kidnapping.

In his address, Sarkozy stressed “the perfect union” between the two countries and said in this world in motion the international community needs “an active Mexico as a great emerging nation”.

Calderon also said that his country wanted to be “an actor and not a spectator in the world’s transformation” and acknowledged that Sarkozy was “a statesman with a broad vision internationally and of the future”.

The Mexican president expressed his desire to improve trade with France within the framework of Mexico’s trade treaty with the European Union (EU), as well as cultural relations and cooperation for development.

According to reports, during their meeting Monday, the two leaders also discussed the case of Florence Cassez, a French citizen who has been condemned to a 60-year prison term in Mexico for her role in a triple kidnapping.

Cassez, 34, who was arrested in 2005, has insisted that she is innocent in the case, although she was the girlfriend of the gang leader, a Mexican.

During the rest of the day, Sarkozy and French first lady Carla Bruni were to attend a solemn session in their honour at the Mexican Senate.

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