Canadians in Mexico should contact the embassy: Ambassador to the US IG News

IG news Update,

Canada’s ambassador to the United States is urging all Canadians in Mexico to reach out to the Canadian embassy for assistance following the arrest of the son of jailed notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán amid unrest and violence in the country. after.

In an interview with CTV News Chief Political Correspondent Vaisey Kapelos, US Ambassador Kirsten Hillman said, “I really urge all Canadians to reach out to the embassy … and they’ll get the information they need.”

“We have an embassy and two consulates in Mexico, and in a situation like this, what is very important for Canadians is to contact those Canadian consular representatives in the country and get information on how they can … have to prepare themselves and what they should do.”

This comes as the Canadian government “to limit his movements and shelter if possible” amid “widespread violence and security operations” within Sinaloa state, on the heels of the arrest of a high-ranking Sinaloa cartel member. Advising the Canadian government in Mexico. Ovidio Guzmán López on Thursday.

The updated travel warning reads, “There are burning cars, exchanges of fire and a threat to essential infrastructure including airports.”

Canadians in Mexico are also being urged to avoid areas where large gatherings are taking place, monitor local media for information and follow instructions from local authorities.

According to Canada’s Overseas Registration database, 12,387 Canadians are currently in Mexico, but this is not the full picture.

Those in need of emergency consular assistance are being asked to contact Global Affairs Canada’s response center by phone, text or email.

Trudeau still going to summit despite unrest

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to travel to Mexico City next week to attend the North American Leaders’ Summit along with United States President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

When asked about the travel status given the current situation, a source in Trudeau’s office told CTV News that they are watching the situation in Mexico very closely. The Sinaloa region, where there are security concerns, is more than 1,200 km from where the high-level international meeting is to be held.

On Friday, it was announced that Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie and International Trade Minister Mary Ng would accompany Trudeau to the summit on January 10, with the goal of discussing “shared priorities” with their respective Mexican and American counterparts.

Hillman said for the time being the “Three Amigos” summit is moving forward.

“We plan to go,” she said. “We will obviously take all the precautions necessary.”


With a file Senior Political Correspondent for CTV News Channel’s Mike Le Couture

RELATED ARTICLES

Most Popular