Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador affirmed that Mexico and Canada strengthened their relationship through talks and joint work during the visit with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“We are neighbors, friends, and we are working together,” López Obrador said Wednesday. After the bilateral meeting with the Canadian government, he announced that economic and energy issues were discussed.
He stressed that Canadian investment in Mexico is growing like never before, one of which is a gas pipeline that is under construction in the Gulf of Mexico.
“It is a large investment and it is very important because it will mean supplying gas to the southeast,” he said.
President López Obrador, Prime Minister Trudeau and their entourage also addressed the operation of Canadian mining companies and companies in the electricity sector.
In this regard, López Obrador said that “we are also seeking to resolve problems, differences, which logically arise when it comes to these economic and commercial relations, and also in boom times, such as the current one.”
He reaffirmed the commitment with Prime Minister Trudeau to meet with representatives of companies that have pending issues with the Government of Mexico, adding that “we are always open to dialogue.”
He stated that migration and recognition of native peoples were also priority issues on the agenda.
The leaders of Mexico and Canada served as honorary witnesses of the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI) and the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC).
The document was signed by the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon and the Minister of Foreign Relations, Mélanie Joly.
“Thank you very much, Mr. President, for your very warm welcome. (…) We are, both countries, progressive, who respect opportunity, justice, equality for all, jobs for the middle class and those who strive to unite, environmental protection and support for indigenous peoples at the center of our vision for each of our countries, and that puts it at the center of our vision for a more prosperous North America as well,” Trudeau said during the X Summit meeting in Mexico City.
He stressed that in recent years, economic and business ties have been consolidated, which will seek to increase by virtue of the friendship and alliance that both nations maintain.