Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and colleagues from Central America agreed on Wednesday in a San José summit to join forces in a united front against transnational drug trafficking and extreme violence caused by organized crime.

Summit leaders also forged a new commitment to improve relations on political, economic and social issues.

“We have common problems and we want to form a united front against them, against the violence and the presence of organized criminal elements who operate at a transnational level,” Peña Nieto said at a press conference at the conclusion of a Central America-Mexico summit held this week in Costa Rica.

The Mexican president said leaders must “define and expand mechanisms for more efficient cooperation,” including intelligence-sharing and the use of new technologies to halt the spread of organized crime in the region.

via Will Mexico export its drug war? / Top Story / Current Edition / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.