Obama congratulates Mexican president on arrest of drug boss El Chapo: White House

Recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escorted by soldiers in Mexico City on Jan 8.
Recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escorted by soldiers in Mexico City on Jan 8. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United States President Barack Obama spoke by phone on Friday (Jan 15) with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and congratulated him on the arrest last week of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the White House said.

The two leaders also discussed broader security and economic issues and they agreed on the importance of taking steps to advance the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, the White House said in a statement.