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Ken Salazar says U.S. information exchange with Quintana Roo a “shared responsibility” to solving violence

Mexico City, Mexico — The United States Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, says that his country’s cooperation with the state of Quintana Roo will be done in a transparent manner.

Salazar was referring to the sharing of information by FBI officials in an information exchange between Mexican and American agencies. He said that the sharing of information is based on “solving violence as a shared responsibility.”

In a statement, Salazar said that the investigations of criminal acts “will be carried out in a transparent manner and in strict concert with Mexican authorities.”

He made the announcement in a statement released Sunday, in which he specified that in relation to security operations in both countries “sovereignty will be respected.”

Under the Bicentennial Security Understanding, the United States and Mexico opened the door to a new era of security cooperation based on resolving violence as a shared responsibility, he said.

Salazar’s statement was made after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador asked the Ambassador to explain the participation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the investigations related to the recent Quintana Roo hotel shooting.

Last week in an interview, Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquín González said that the FBI, as well as the Canadian Mounted Police, will participate in the investigations of the state’s acts of violence such as the murder at a beach club in the municipality of Solidaridad, as well as the shooting that occurred at Hotel Xcaret on January 21.