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Visiting Mexico, Hillary Clinton praised Calderon´s efforts to improve security.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greets Mexican schoolchildren upon arrival at Guanajuato International Airport in Guanajuato, Mexico. Clinton traveled to Mexico on a one-day trip for meetings with Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa on border security and drug trafficking. (Photo Credit to Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images / January 24, 2011)

Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Mexico’s efforts to combat drug trafficking saying “it is the only way” to end the threat of organised crime, saying ” the U.S remains committed to collaborating with Mexico in the fight against criminal organisations, and it is very hard, but what Mexican President Felipe Calderon has done is absolutely necessary,” Clinton said during a press conference here.

The United States is trying to work together with Mexico to fight money laundering and weapons trafficking, Clinton said. She vowed continued U.S. support through equipment and training for Mexican law enforcement, and by targeting the southbound flow of arms and money into Mexico.

Under the “Merida Initiative,” a three-year plan aimed to help Mexico tackle organised crime, the U.S will provide Mexico with about US$500 million in equipment and training to detect weapons and illegal money entering the country, she said.

Meanwhile, the Foreing relations Minister of Mexico Patricia Espinosa said “topics of security are very important, and transnational crime is a common enemy.” The two top diplomats also discussed other topics including “the flows of people and goods, border construction, renewable energy and the transport impasse,” as well as advancing the global climate change agenda after the Cancun summit last Dec, Espinosa said.

Clinton then flew to Mexico City for talks with President Calderon expected to focus on his push to overhaul Mexico’s troubled judicial system and overcrowded jails despite some opposition in the Mexican Congress.

“Just stay with it,” she told reporters “a well-equipped, well-trained judicial system is essential.”

Clinton pointed to the killing and capture of more than two dozen top cartel capos as a sign of Calderon’s success.