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Mexico Amends National Security Law: Restricts U.S. Agents’ Activities in the Country

Mexico Amends National Security Law: Restricts U.S. Agents' Activities in the Country

Mexican President Lopez salutes the flag (Associated Press)

December 16th. According to the Associated Press report on the 15th, the Mexican House of Representatives passed a proposal to amend the National Security Law by an absolute majority, requiring restrictions on the scope of activities of foreign agents in Mexico and cancellation of diplomatic immunity.

right. It is reported that Mexico has long-term cooperation with the United States in the fight against drugs, and 90% of the information is provided to Mexico by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to reports, the Mexican House of Representatives passed the bill with 329 votes in favor, 98 votes against, and 40 abstentions, and submitted it to Mexican President Lopez for signature. The bill was previously proposed by President Lopez and approved by the Senate. 

The bill requires all foreign agents in Mexico to notify the Mexican government of all information collected through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and submit monthly written reports detailing their activities in the country to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security. 

In addition, the Mexican government has also cancelled the diplomatic immunity of foreign agents. It is said that the bill aims to regulate the behavior of agents in Mexico and fill the gaps in relevant laws.

According to a number of foreign media reports, the United States had previously arrested Salvador Cienfuegos, the former Secretary of Defense of Mexico, without notifying the Mexican government in advance. Mexican President Lopez stated at a press conference on the 8th that the move was not a counterattack against the US arrest. 

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