International: “X Summit of North American Leaders” Held in Mexico

@La Jornada

On January 9th and 10th, the so-called “Summit of the Three Amigos” took place in Mexico City. Prior to the meeting, various civil organizations from the three countries sent a letter to the leaders requesting that some pressing issues be put on the table for the protection of vulnerable groups.

“In the framework of the North American Leaders Summit to be held from January 9th to 11th in Mexico, the undersigned individuals, organizations, victims of armed violence, and Indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples from Canada, the United States, and Mexico urge you to address the most urgent crises of our time: armed violence, environmental destruction, and the criminalization of migration.”

For his part, Marcelo Ebrard, during the North American Business Leaders Summit convened on January 9th by the Business Coordinating Council (BCC), the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Business Council, mentioned “we have three leaders with the same vision, three leaders who have in their hands the power to decide on the future of our countries and all of us in this room will join those efforts to be part of the successful future that our region holds, now is the moment.”

The main themes that were addressed at the Summit were: Competitiveness, Migration, Security, Diversity, Health and Environment, and Climate Change. After two days of meetings both bilaterally (Mexico-USA, Mexico-Canada and Canada-USA) and between the three leaders, Lopez Obrador said he was satisfied with the agreements reached. However, various media and academics pointed out that there were really few concrete agreements and that it was Biden’s interests that marked the line to follow. Some even affirmed that in terms of migration and security, there were two previous actions by the Mexican government that gave an idea of what was coming. These were the arrest of Ovidio Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel and the agreement that Mexico will receive and retain returned migrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti and Central America.

For more information in Spanish:

La X Cumbre de América del Norte reafirmó viejas fórmulas neoliberales (Americas Program 20 de enero de 2023)

AMLO, «satisfecho» con acuerdos económicos y financieros de CLAN (La Jornada 17 de enero de 2023)

Cumbre de Líderes de América del Norte: Las prioridades de Biden marcaron la agenda (Proceso 15 de enero de 2020)

Carta a Biden, AMLO y Trudeau (Global Exchange)

Cumbre de América del Norte, oportunidad para el continente: Ebrard(Contralínea 10 de enero de 2023)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/International: Mexican Senate Ratifies US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (July 4, 2019)
National/International: USMCA, New Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada (October 8, 2018)
National/International: OSC Asks for Suspension of Agreement with US to Convert Mexico into “Migration Filter” in Return for Favors in Renegotiation of NAFTA (June 25, 2018)

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