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Biden and Trudeau confirm visit with López Obrador in January

Mexico City, Mexico — Both Biden and Trudeau have confirmed their January visit to Mexico with López Obrador. Both leaders will meet with President López Obrador to discuss climate, economic competitiveness and migration, among other issues.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, will visit Mexico in January. The announcement was made Tuesday by both the White House and the government in Ottawa, which is trying to strengthen ties with the neighboring country, particularly in the context of the migration crisis.

Biden will attend the North American Leaders Summit on January 9-10. There, he will meet with the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council told journalists.

He also indicated that the three will discuss climate, economic competitiveness and migration, among other topics. On Tuesday, Trudeau confirmed his attendance at the meeting popularly known as the “Summit of the Three Amigos.”

In June, López Obrador (AMLO) did not attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on the grounds that Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua had not been invited. Since commercial interests, immigration and the fight against drug trafficking mark the bilateral relationship, Biden and AMLO met in person in Washington in July and had a telephone interview in October.

“We intend to build on the progress of the last exchange with concrete initiatives,” Kirby said.

Both Washington and Mexico City seek a close partnership, particularly on security and migration, as the Biden administration struggles to implement a lasting strategy to manage the relentless arrival of migrants at its 2,000-mile border with Mexico.

Biden “believes that one of the best ways to respond to border pressure is to work internationally with our partners in Latin America to reduce and divert migrant arrivals, particularly from Central America,” Kriby stressed.

In a statement, Trudeau’s office said the three leaders “will continue to work together to help grow our economies for the benefit of all and create good middle-class jobs across the continent.”

The Canadian statement specified that they will discuss collaboration in the supply chain for the manufacture of electric vehicles, an issue that has been under discussion in Washington’s trade talks with the European Union, which has described US policies as protectionist.

The X Summit of North American Leaders, which will take place January 10, 2023 at the National Palace, will address diversity, equity and inclusion, climate change and environment, migration and development, competitiveness, health and safety, reported the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon.

At the event, Mexico will promote greater collaboration in order to address relevant problems in the region such as extreme poverty and inequality, he said at a morning press conference with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Given this scenario, he said, an Alliance for the Prosperity of the Peoples of the Americas will be proposed , whose objective is to promote a more equal distribution of economic resources based on the strengthening of commercial relations in the continent.

The three nations will continue the regional integration process based on the principles of respect, sovereignty and cooperation, said the foreign minister.