By Alberto Calvi –
Leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United States discussed issues affecting North America in Washington, pledging to take decisive action against the epidemic, improve global health, increase competitiveness, create conditions for equal development and coordinate the regional response to migration.
Ahead of the first Tripartite Summit in five years, US President Joe Biden met separately with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrs Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Trudeau and Lopez Obrador met separately with US Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss security, economics, epidemiology, cooperation in space research and the regional approach to immigration to the United States.
All three leaders are trying to recover from Trump’s difficult years of threatening to abandon the free trade agreement and imposing taxes on Canadian aluminum and steel, and despite the alliance with Lopez Obrador, have declared the immigration problem a national emergency.
All three countries are bound by the USMCA (US-Mexico-Canada) Free Trade Agreement, and Lopez Obrador opposed the excessive burden of US immigration policy on Mexican authorities. Mexico and Canada have issued warnings about Biden’s proposal for a tax loan to boost US production of electric vehicles.
Instead, an agreement was reached between Canada and Mexico to increase global vaccine donations and a North American plan to reduce methane emissions. The leaders also promised to ban the import of forced labor, especially from China.