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Monday, May 11, 2015

Mexico Responds to Updated 'Travel Warning' issued by the USA

Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Following the updating of the travel alert issued [May 5] by the United States Department of State, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) notes:

• Travel Alerts issued by governments, including Mexico, derived from risk analyses they perform regarding difficult situations, are based on objective and contextual information to enable its citizens to take necessary precautions during their stay abroad.

• The events in some municipalities in the state of Jalisco, on 1 May, were in reaction to a coordinated effort by the Mexican Government to dismantle criminal organizations operating in the region.

• According to information from the Prosecutor of the State of Jalisco, order has been restored in the municipalities affected and normal conditions prevail. The security situation has come to a preventive level. The competent authorities of the three levels of government are staying in close coordination. Additionally, we have taken steps to strengthen security measures in neighboring Jalisco entities.

• The Mexican Government emphasizes its firm commitment to ensuring the rule of law in the state, and the safety of citizens and others who are there, as well as the US consular staff working in the region.

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Press release, "Foreign Ministry position on updating the travel alert issued by the State Department of the United States," last updated on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Mexico, DF; translation SRE (edited)

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