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Rice: US, Mexico to discuss drugs, world issues

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) ? Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she hopes to discuss not just drug trafficking but a host of world issues with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Patricia Espinosa in meetings in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Rice says Mexico’s newly won seat on the United Nations Security Council makes it likely that more than just bilateral concerns will be discussed.

Rice arrived at the Pacific Coast resort on Wednesday for a two-day visit to Mexico, and said she hopes to discuss global cooperation with Mexico.

The talks are also expected to touch on the violent drug cartel turf battles that have hit Mexico in recent years, and the role played by weapons smuggled into Mexico from the United States.