Biden plans an in-person summit with AMLO and Trudeau next week

The president of United States, Joe Biden, plans to host an in-person meeting with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, the first of its kind in more than five years, four people familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Final details were still being worked out, sources claimed, but if he goes ahead, it will most likely be sometime during the week of Nov. 15 in Washington. Sources based in Ottawa and Mexico City requested anonymity because the plans were not yet public.

Biden has held virtual meetings with the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin trudeau, since he took office this year. The in-person summit coincides with political tensions over energy, trade and immigration.

A senior Washington official said “stay tuned” when asked about a possible meeting between Biden and López Obrador.

The leaders of the three countries began to celebrate what is informally known as the Summit of the Three Friends in 2005 and met most of the years until 2016. The practice ended when the former president Donald Trump took office in January 2017.

Immigration at the US border with Mexico has reached record levels, and Mexico wants its neighbor to invest more to curb it.

The three countries are bound by the United States-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement (T-MEC) that governs about $ 1.5 trillion of trade in North America a year.

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