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No Evidence of Jihadists in Mexico, Foreign Minister Says

MEXICO CITY – There is no evidence to support the comments by Texas Gov. Rick Perry that jihadists could enter the United States via the southern border, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade said.

“It is very unfortunate that some people make foreign policy on the basis of beliefs, suppositions and completely unfounded and absurd analyses,” Meade said in a press conference on Saturday.

Perry said in an address last week that there was a “very real possibility” that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, terrorists may have entered the United States by crossing the southern border.

“Mexico makes its public policy on the basis of intelligence, founded on analysis, and it reproves those who make public policy on the basis of beliefs and unfounded speculation,” Meade told reporters.

Texas and Mexico have “a relationship of communities, a relationship of societies, of very important business communities,” the foreign relations secretary said, adding that trade between his country and the U.S. state totaled $196 billion annually.

“To make foreign policy, you always have to have facts, it is always good to have information, it is always best to make it on the basis of the importance of the relationship,” Meade said.

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