icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

US Ambassador to Mexico resigns over WikiLeaks, spat with Calderon

US Ambassador to Mexico resigns over WikiLeaks, spat with Calderon
Ambassador Carlos Pascual offered his resignation following WikiLeaks revelations and a public dispute with Mexican President Felipe Calderon over his handling of Mexico’s war with powerful drug cartels.

The US and Mexico often touted their close relationship, cooperative nature on security and strong economic ties. The quarrel between the diplomat and Mexican President strained that relationship. The diplomatic fight began not long after State Department cables leaked by WikiLeaks showed Pascual openly criticizing Mexican authorities for their lack of coordination in operations targeting drug cartel leaders.Calderon responded calling Pascual ignorant and argued he was distorting the reality of the ongoing within Mexico. While recently in Washington, Calderon met with Obama to discuss the drug trade and cooperation on tackling the cross border drug war. Just prior to his visit violence in the war left one US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent dead and another wounded on the Mexican side of the border. Calderon then said the US was hindering efforts to push back against drug cartels as opposed to aiding in the fight. He lashed out, criticized the Drug Enforcement Administration, CIA and ICE for their handling of the drug war.“The reality is that they don't coordinate with each other, they're rivals," he told a Mexican newspaper.During his visit to Washington Calderon allegedly requested Obama remove Pascual from his position.Clinton said however that Pascual freely resigned “to avert issues raised by President Calderon that could distract from the important business of advancing our bilateral interests.”Calderon's office claimed the US-Mexico relationship is solid despite the incidents and Pascual's timely resignation, saying both the US and Mexico remain "neighbors and friends."

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.