Mexico City, Mexico — Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau, along with U.S. President Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, gathered for a trilateral summit, their first since 2016.
Some of the topics discussed by the trio included violence against Indigenous women and girls, covid-19 vaccine distribution and strengthening the trilateral co-operation on the Western Hemisphere’s unprecedented migration crisis. The group also discussed the EV tax credit, which Canadian and Mexican officials agree is a violation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement forged as a NAFTA update in 2018.
It was Lopez Obrador’s first time meeting Trudeau in person. He described the two countries as “sister nations” in advance of their trilateral meeting with Biden. “We are both countries that belong in North America,” the Mexican president said. “We are countries that collaborate and co-operate.”
Trudeau acknowledged that the two countries have “lots of great things to talk about, lots of things that we agree and align on.”
The millions of vaccines donated to Canada and Mexico by the U.S. were done with the “pay it forward” agreement to regional partners. Details of the distribution will be worked out by public health officials.
Officials also said that on the agenda was Biden’s intention to discuss the root causes of the mass migration of asylum seekers who are arriving from south of Mexico, saying that Biden wants “to lock arms with Canada and Mexico” on an approach to deal with the economic inequalities that are causing those people to flee their countries.