The Justice Department announced Monday that the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, will travel to Mexico to discuss with the country's top law enforcement officials ways to "deepen" bilateral cooperation on judicial matters.


Holder will meet with Mexican Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam.  He will also be participating in meetings with other judicial officials from the United States and Mexico as part of his one-day visit on Tuesday.

The meetings will all be private and their objective is to allow officials to analyze ways to strengthen cooperation between U.S.and Mexican officials on judicial and police matters, Holder's office stated to the press.

The Attorney General's visit will come on the eve of President Barack Obama's trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, due to take place May 2nd through the 4th focusing on the issues of public safety in the region.

Mexican Interior Secretary, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, was in Washington last week to sign an agreement to launch a new phase of the Merida Initiative to fight the trafficking of drugs.

Obama's visit will serve to revitalize the bilateral agenda and to direct more resources toward the Merida Initiative, according to authorities of both countries.