President Obama is scheduled to meet with the leaders of Mexico and Canada in Guadalajara, Mexico on Monday to discuss a broad range of issues.
The President of the United States arrived in Mexico’s second largest city Sunday evening to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephan Harper. Although the three are going to speak on number of topics, a major announcement is not expected.
With the North American Leaders’ Summit days away, administration officials said the leaders are likely talk about the economy, drug violence and the environment. A joint press conference is expected to take place at 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
“The themes of this summit are: one, economic recovery and competitiveness; two, citizen safety and security; and three, clean energy and climate change. All are core priorities of this administration,” Gen. James Jones, U.S. national security adviser, said before the summit.
According to CNN, some 4,000 police officers and soldiers were standing guard to secure the building where Obama, Calderon and Harper.
The purported main topic of discussion is the economy, and how the U.S. recession has affected its neighboring countries.
The Canadian economy has felt the backlash of the U.S.’s “Buy American” incentives within the stimulus package, which could potentially impair trade between the two countries.
According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, global exports, a key component to the Mexico’s economic stability, have plummeted as a result of sluggish global demand. In May of this year, Mexico declared a 5.9 percent slump in its first quarter.
The meeting comes after one of Mexico’s most lethal months in the fight against the dangerous drug cartels.
Since 2006, more than 10,00 people, and 1,000 police officials have lost their lives in the war between Mexican authorities and drug cartels.
Calderon is also expected to address the issue behind the allowance of Mexican trucks to travel beyond the borders and into the U.S., an issue that all but flatlined awaiting official clearance. Despite provisions in the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. does not allow Mexican trucks into the country.
“The bottom line is that what affects our bordering neighbors has the potential to affect us all, so we want to be certain that we have the tightest and best possible cooperation,” Jones said.