Biden to host Canada's Trudeau, Lopez Obrador at White House

AP , Wednesday 10 Nov 2021

President Joe Biden will host talks next week in Washington with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, the White House said Wednesday.

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File photo: President Joe Biden speaks about the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the State Dinning Room of the White House, on Nov. 6, 2021. AP

The Nov. 18 meeting will be the first with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador since Biden took office in January and the first get-together since 2016 of what had been near-annual summits between the North American neighbors.

President Donald Trump, who had complicated relationships with the leaders of both countries, did not continue the tradition.

Biden held separate virtual meetings with Trudeau in February and Lopez Obrador in March. The Mexican leader also hosted Vice President Kamala Harris in Mexico City in June.

The White House said the upcoming meeting will reaffirm the countries' ``strong ties and integration while also charting a new path for collaboration'' on the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, immigration and economic growth.

Biden has tried to stabilize relations with both nations after ties became frosty under Trump, who feuded with Trudeau on raising tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and EU.

Trump angered Mexican leaders with anti-immigrant taunts and his administration's effort to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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