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News | July 9, 2021

VanHerck meets with Mexican military secretaries, discusses security cooperation and areas of mutual interest

By U.S. Northern Command Public Affairs U.S. Northern Command

Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, met with the Mexican Secretariats of National Defense and Navy in Mexico City, July 6-8, 2021.

The U.S. and Mexico have many shared interests, and the senior leaders met to discuss priorities and opportunities for bilateral security cooperation. 

Some of the topics included air surveillance cooperation, border security, countering common threats, defense cooperation, and the upcoming Mexico International Aerospace Fair (FAMEX).

“Although we’ve been routinely communicating virtually over the past year, I’m honored to meet face-to-face with Mexican military leadership here in Mexico to discuss areas of mutual interest,” VanHerck said. “The U.S. and Mexico share a close partnership that ensures we’re able to stand together and build upon our existing security cooperation efforts.”

The mutual interests and discussions strengthen relationships between the U.S. and Mexican militaries, and enhance common understanding of shared challenges and opportunities facing both nations’ militaries.

USNORTHCOM is responsible for homeland defense in the U.S., while also coordinating defense support of civil authorities and building regional partnerships to ensure security in North America.

Through these engagements, USNORTHCOM is strengthening the bilateral relationship with the Mexican Secretariats of National Defense and Navy, and is reinforcing the foundation of mutual trust and friendship to benefit the people of both nations. 

Cooperative activities through bilateral security cooperation consistently emphasize respect for the sovereignty of both countries.