Dominican Republic, Mexico Sign Security Agreement

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In an effort to battle organized crime, the governments of Mexico and the Dominican Republic have signed a new security treaty, agreeing to share intelligence on transnational criminal groups.

Dominican President Leonel Fernandez was in Mexico City Tuesday, where he and President Felipe Calderon signed the agreement. According to Calderon, the treaty will establish permanent intelligence-sharing structures between the two countries on matters related to organized crime, establishing a “united front against criminal activity.”

The two leaders also discussed the upcoming elections in their respective countries in 2012, releasing a joint statement on the importance of democratic values.

Mexico has signed a number of security treaties with other Latin American countries in recent months, including Colombia, Costa Rica and Argentina, as part of an attempt to rein in organized crime throughout the region.

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