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LatinNews Daily - 22 November 2021

López Obrador participates in North American Leaders' Summit

Mexico: On 18 November Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, US President Joe Biden and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met for the North American Leaders’ Summit – the first since 2016. According to a White House statement the three leaders pledged to take concrete actions in support of “our joint goals, to include: ending the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and advancing global health; fostering competitiveness and creating the conditions for equitable growth, and coordinating a regional response to migration”. The summit was the first face-to-face meeting between the three leaders. A statement by Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) ahead of the meeting said that on the issue of health security and Covid-19, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard emphasised the regional interest in promoting universal access to vaccines, saying “What we have experienced cannot happen again. [We will talk about] the responsibilities of the three countries with respect to the rest of the world, where there has been enormously inequitable access”. The three leaders were also due to discuss the economic issue of how “to create conditions for equitable, successful growth and how to strengthen supply chains in the region; and we will address the difficulties we are now facing due to the pandemic, which have not ended”. Finally, the three leaders discussed development and migration in the region. The SRE press release notes that one of Mexico’s main goals for the summit is “to find opportunities to collaborate on projects that boost investment and economic growth in Central America and create better economic opportunities there, in addition to promoting regular, safe and orderly migration”.

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