Mexican president says Obama offers US support in anti-drug fight

Other News Materials 7 November 2008 05:35 (UTC +04:00)

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has pledged continued U.S. support for Mexico's fight against organized crime and drug trafficking, the Associated Press reported.

A statement from the president's office says Calderon called Obama to congratulate him on his election.

The statement says Obama told Calderon on Thursday that he was "conscious of the difficulty of the battle," and offered "decisive" U.S. support.

Calderon has sent thousands of federal police and soldiers throughout Mexico to confront increasingly violent drug cartels who have been fighting turf battles and targeting police.

The U.S. Congress approved $400 million in anti-drug aid for Mexico in June, but the aid has yet to be released.