Obama: Security relationship with Mexico to evolve

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Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 6:04 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will cooperate with Mexico on security issues in any way Mexico's government deems appropriate.

He's acknowledging that the nature of the security relationship will, in his words, "evolve."

He says that the U.S. supports Mexico's focus on reducing violence and that it's up to Mexico to determine its own security structures and how to engage with other nations.

Obama spoke at a news conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (PAYN'-yuh nee-EH'-toh). His remarks come as Pina Nieto is making changes to the relationship. He's moved to end the widespread access that U.S. security agencies have had in Mexico to help fight drug-trafficking and organized crime.

Obama's remarks came on the first day of a three-day trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.

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