In their bilateral meeting, prior to the North American Leaders Summit, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, exchanged views on the priorities of each country and agreed to focus the relation to a more humanistic vision.

The leaders emphasized that prosperity must be the result of actions that guarantee equality, security and development for both peoples and the region as a whole.

“We are peoples, sister nations that are very close, we belong to North America and we have many things in common and, most importantly, a very good relationship of cooperation and friendship,” said the Mexican president.

For his part, the Prime Minister of Canada stated: “It is a pleasure for me to have the opportunity today to speak about all the issues that we have in common, as indigenous peoples, the leadership of women and the fact that we are great allies ”.

In the framework of the T-MEC, Mexico and Canada seek to advance towards a more inclusive economic integration, in which youth, women and members of indigenous communities benefit from greater commercial cooperation.

In response, they agreed to maintain close cooperation in resilient supply chains to promote national security and strengthen emergency response capacity.

The nations reached three agreements: they will seek reconciliation with indigenous peoples and put indigenous communities at the center of public policies; combat inequality through measures for the fair redistribution of wealth, and promote the region’s competitiveness.

“They emphasized the need to increase ambition in the fight against climate change, ensure greater inclusion of all people, particularly indigenous peoples, and create good jobs. They also discussed the important contributions that Canadian investments make to the Mexican economy, including in the transportation, energy and mining sectors, and pledged to continue working together on shared priorities, ”the Government of Canada reported.

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In addition, the leaders agreed to work together to foster greater leadership and ambition in global health security, economic competitiveness and migration in the hemisphere, and agreed that their ministers and officials work together to further expand bilateral cooperation.

Cooperation in hydroelectric matters

They also discussed deepening cooperation in hydropower.

In a press conference at the Mexican embassy in Washington, the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, indicated that both countries will work in this area.

“It is a point where there is going to be an important work between the two countries,” he declared.

He specified that the Mexican intention is to invite the Hydro-Québec company, one of the most efficient in the field, to support the modernization and expansion of hydroelectric plants in the country.

“There have been several conversations with them, the president wants to invite them, as he raised with Minister Trudeau, for the modernization of hydroelectric plants and their expansion in Mexico and their transmission lines,” he concluded.

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