Mexico publishes rules governing controversial new law on foreign agents By Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico on Thursday released rules outlining how it plans to implement its new foreign agents law, which appears to guarantee the confidentiality of foreign agents’ work after concerns that the new legislation could block counter-narcotics cooperation. Lawmakers last month amended Mexico’s security law to restrict the work of foreign agents on Mexican soil despite fierce opposition from Washington, straining ties and calling into question the vast security cooperation with the United States. . The law change, requested by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, follows a diplomatic dispute over the arrest in the United States on drug charges of former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos in Los Angeles in October. The new rules published Thursday detail the mechanisms that will govern how foreign agents would have to work with Mexican local government counterparts, including sending very limited details about the meetings they hold. The rules appear to guarantee the privacy of investigations, suggesting that US authorities will not be forced to widely share their findings in Mexico, a key concern for US agents, who say Mexican institutions have been compromised by the cartels. rich in cash.

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