As Biden, Lopez Obrador, and Trudeau comb through North America's difficulties, here are some things.
ByFunAsia 18 Nov 2021 11:29 PM 54

On Thursday, President Joe Biden hosts the presidents of Mexico and Canada in their first face-to-face encounter.

Biden, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau get expected to discuss a wide range of pressing issues confronting North America, including supply chain issues and the lingering coronavirus pandemic, as well as economic development and the contentious issue of immigration.

It will be the first occasion since former President Donald Trump ended the reunions after the 2016 summit. The presidents of the three countries would meet.

It will also be López Obrador's first trip to the United States since standing beside Trump in the Rose Garden in the summer of 2020.

Last December, López Obrador was one of the world leaders to recognize Biden as president-elect. Mexico can help ensure Biden's presidential victory by stemming the flow of migrants into the United States and easing the global supply chain backlog.

Canada has traditionally shied away from putting too much emphasis on trilateral summits, fearful of sharing the limelight with Mexico. However, there is an opportunity for the Biden administration to "lock-in López Obrador," according to former Mexican ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, who will be following the new dynamics between the leaders with other observers and former diplomats.

Unlike his predecessors, López Obrador gets seen as an oddity, a crusty-old populist politician whose ideas are more associated with Latin American leftists than with Canada's and the United States' cosmopolitan leaders.

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