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Mexico lauds U.S. decision to drop charges against ex-Army chief

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard delivers a message to the media after taking on the Pro Tempore Presidency (PTP) of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), in Mexico City, Mexico, January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard lauded what he described as the “unprecedented” decision to drop U.S. criminal charges against Mexico’s former defense minister in favor of investigating him at home instead, the diplomat said on Tuesday.

Ebrard told a news conference shortly after the decision to dismiss the drug and money laundering charges against Salvador Cienfuegos was announced that the move showed U.S. authorities’ respect for Mexican sovereignty and its military.

Reporting by Drazen Jorgic; Writing by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Sandra Maler