Michelle Obama in Mexico

*US First Lady Michelle Obama met with her Mexican counterpart, danced with children and sought to inspire students during a solo trip aimed at reinforcing close ties with Mexico.

The US first lady discussed the treatment of migrants and youth drug addiction with Margarita Zavala at the presidential Los Pinos palace, a White House statement said, in a nation reeling from drug-related violence in which more than 22,700 people have died since the end of 2006.

Zavala’s husband President Felipe Calderon has received growing support from the Obama administration in his brutal drug war, and Michelle Obama’s trip followed a string of high-level visits to Mexico.

“We have to fight the (drug) war but keep looking at other ways to address the problem,” she said in an interview on CNN in Spanish broadcast on Wednesday.

“Education is — is also key to this issue,” she added.

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