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Mexico will not become 'failed state': US spy chief

Mexico is not in danger of becoming a failed state, the US Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told reporters Thursday.

world Updated: Mar 26, 2009 23:00 IST

Mexico is not in danger of becoming a failed state, the US Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told reporters Thursday.

"Mexico is in no danger of becoming a failed state," the top US intelligence official told a roundtable of journalists outside Washington in McLean, Virginia.

His remarks came as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with leaders in Mexico Thursday, and vowed that the United States would stand by its southern neighbor in its fight against drug cartels.

The visit by Clinton comes ahead of a summit in Mexico between US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon planned for next month.