US and Mexico Discuss Cuba and Drug Cartels

In a meeting which took place between U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the White House the U.S President said United States would insist that human rights in Cuba be discussed at a Summit of the Americas later this year and that Washington would help crack down on drug cartels in Mexico.

President Obama said "I described my initiative to end the 50-year policy with relation to Cuba, to move towards what we hope will be a more constructive policy but one that continues to emphasize human rights and democracy and political freedom." "And at the Summit of the Americas, one of the things I informed (President) Pena Nieto is we will participate but we’ll insist that those topics are on the agenda."

Last September 43 students from southwestern city of Iguala were abducted and murdered by drug cartel working in tandem with corrupt government officials and police which led to a lot of backlash on the Mexican president which was follows by massive street protests.

Obama said his country was committed to helping eliminate drug cartels in Mexico but the Mexican government and law enforcement officials must implement measures to crack down on them. He said "Obviously we’ve been following here in the United States some of the tragic events surrounding the students whose lives were lost.”Our commitment is to be a friend and supporter of Mexico in its efforts to eliminate the scourge of violence and the drug cartels that are responsible for so much tragedy inside of Mexico."