Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Kelly Co-host the Strategic Dialogue on Disrupting Transnational Criminal Organizations

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 17, 2017


U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly will convene a high-level dialogue with their Mexican counterparts on strategies to combat transnational criminal organizations on May 18 at 9:00 a.m., at the Department of State.

Participants from the Government of Mexico will include Foreign Secretary Videgaray, Secretary of Government Osorio, and Center for Investigation and National Security Director General Imaz. Other participants will include Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Francisco Palmieri, and representatives from additional U.S. government agencies.

The dialogue will identify fresh strategic approaches to disrupt the business model of the multi-billion-dollar combat transnational criminal organizations that bring drugs into the United States and wreak violence across Mexico. The meeting is a direct result of commitments Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Kelly made during their visit to Mexico City February 22-23, 2017, to continue the productive dialogue between our two countries on security issues.

There will be a camera spray preceding the dialogue and a joint press availability following the dialogue, both of which will be open press.

Camera Spray

Pre-set time for video cameras, still photographers, and journalists: 8:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Joint Press Availability with Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Kelly, Foreign Secretary Videgaray, and Secretary of Government Osorio

Pre-set time for video cameras: 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance

Final access time for still photographers and journalists: 10:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

The camera spray and press availability will be streamed live on www.state.gov and Facebook.com/usdos. Please follow @StateDept for more information.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact the Press Office at 202-647-2492.


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