Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Trudeau hosts Obama, Pena Nieto for Three Amigos summit

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama will join Justin Trudeau in Ottawa for the Three Amigos summit on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama meet on Wednesday in Ottawa. (SUSAN WALSH / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO)

Staff Reporter

Wed., June 29, 2016

The three amigos will be together again, this time with new blood, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes leaders from both the United States and Mexico.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama will join Trudeau in Canada’s capital Wednesday for a historic state visit cheekily dubbed the Three Amigos summit. The last time the three North America leaders got together for such a visit was in 2014 in Toluca Mexico, when Stephen Harper was prime minister.

Air Force One is expected to land at 10:15 a.m. The three politicians will then get down to business, discussing everything from trade to climate change and indigenous rights.

Pena Nieto has already arrived in Ottawa on Monday, after visiting both Quebec City and Toronto.

Wednesday’s meeting is expected to be significantly warmer than last time, when Harper was unwilling to budge on Mexican visa restrictions to Canada and Obama kept mum on whether he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

The pipeline was officially rejected last November, but all signs point to a chummier get together this time around.

At a joint press conference on Tuesday, Trudeau and Pena Nieto announced that contentious restrictions limiting Mexican nationals’ travel in Canada would be lifted by Dec. 1. In return, Mexico will open their markets to all Canadian beef exports later this year.

And since Trudeau’s state visit to Washington D.C. in March, relations between the U.S. and Canada have been downright bro-tastic, with the two world leaders frequently trading friendly barbs in the press.

With files from Star staff


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