Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez is alleged to be a chief of the Gulf Mexican cartel and a drug lord wanted by the US and Mexican authorities (photo: dpa)

Security remains an issue as Mexico and the US improve relations

Trade, investment and education made the headlines when US President Barack Obama and new Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto held talks on May 2, 2013. But gun control, drugs and immigration are still key issues for both men and there is a lack of trust between their intelligence communities, which presents a threat to the improving bilateral relationship.

A TWO-DAY visit to Mexico by US President Barack Obama in early May 2013 raised issues covering immigration and gun control on both sides of the border.

Trade, border controls, drug and gun running have been high on the agenda in the past between the United States and its southern neighbour.

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Professor Raul Benitez-Manaut
On the US side, it is believed that Mexico's nationalism is a cover for corruption and even the involvement of some officials in the cartels
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