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U.S. Tells Mexico Drug War’s Failure Requires New Strategy

  • U.S. open to new approaches, said senior White House official
  • Shift could mean changes to decade-old Merida Initiative
A police officer looks over a synthetic drug lab during dismantling of the site, in El Dorado, Mexico.

A police officer looks over a synthetic drug lab during dismantling of the site, in El Dorado, Mexico.

Photographer: Rashide Frias/AFP/Getty Images
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A top White House official told Mexican officials that key aspects of the two countries’ fight against drug trafficking aren’t working and that the U.S. is open to pursuing new strategies together, according to people familiar with the message.

Juan Gonzalez, senior director for the Western Hemisphere on the National Security Council, made the comments last week on a call between Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the conversation was private.