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The president of the United States, Joe Biden; the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, will meet on November 18 in Washington for the North American Leaders’ Summit, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced Wednesday.
“This is the first face-to-face meeting of President López Obrador with President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau and it will be the first trilateral meeting at the level of heads of state for five years,” Ebrard said during the Mexican leader’s morning press conference.
The last meeting (usually referred to as the known as the “Three Amigos” summit) between the North American leaders took place in 2016.
“This meeting, this summit, is scheduled for November 18 of next week and will take place in Washington,” announced the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
According to Ebrard, the three leaders will hold a trilateral meeting of about three hours and then López Obrador will hold separate meetings with Biden and Trudeau of approximately one hour.
The issues that the Mexican government will put on the table at the summit are “cooperation for development in southern Mexico and Central America”, integration to “promote investment”, preparing for a “next pandemic” and exploring a “fairer economic recovery.”
Ebrard explained that this summit, the ninth among North American leaders, will be held in Washington because it was the United States’ turn to host it on a rotating order, while the tenth will be in 2023 in Mexico.
This summit will be López Obrador’s third trip abroad as president of Mexico, after the meeting in Washington with Donald Trump held last year and his participation this Tuesday at the UN Security Council in New York.
The meeting will take place at a time of tension due to the Mexican president’s electricity reform proposal that limits the participation of national and foreign private companies in the sector.