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Updates: The 2014 North American Leaders' Summit

North American Leaders Summit

L to r: U.S. President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (Image: Government of Canada)

February 19, 2014

Updated February 20—U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met in Toluca, Mexico on February 19 for the annual North American Leaders’ Summit. Also known as the “Three Amigos Summit,” the three heads of state discussed trade, security, and energy, among other issues.

FOLLOW THE THREE LEADERS ON TWITTER:

  • U.S. President Barack Obama: @BarackObama
  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper: @PMHarper
  • Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto: @EPN

AT THE SUMMIT:

The presidents released a joint statement covering four areas of agreement. The first, "shared and inclusive prosperity," covers trade, borders, transportation, and customs regulations. "New areas of opportunity" include educational and innovation exchange, energy, and biodiversity. The third, "citizen security and global issues," involves combating international crime, information sharing and coordination among law enforcement, epidemic preparedness, and development and human rights. And the last area, "delivering on our agenda," requires following up on these agreements through consultaions. Access the joint statement: English | Español

Peña Nieto concluded that the summit "confirmed our commitment to position the region as the most competitive one in the world."

Following the summit, the leaders gave a press conference. Watch the video or read the transcript.

The three leaders gave a press conference ahead of their meeting. Watch the video.

President Enrique Peña Nieto welcomed his North American counterparts in the afternoon of February 19.

AHEAD OF THE SUMMIT:

Obama held a restricted bilateral meeting with Peña Nieto on Wednesday afternoon after he arrived in Toluca. Read Obama's speech before their meeting, as well as Peña Nieto's welcoming remarks.

On his February 19 flight to Mexico, Obama signed an executive order which will cut red tape and processing time for companies that export U.S. goods and services. The measure aims to help small- and medium-sized businesses, and to improve supply chain efficiency. This infographic looks at bilateral trade levels, noting that Mexico is the second biggest export market for the United States. 

The Mexican government created a hub page for the summit, including the day's schedule, important social media accounts, and North American trade in numbers (read in Spanish or English). The Mexican presidency site also published an infographic in Spanish detailing the North American relationship.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in Mexico on February 18, when he met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The Canadian government set up a portal with the latest videos, tweets, and photos from Harper’s trip to Mexico.

The two leaders signed several agreements. First, they signed two accords to facilitate bilateral trade and investment, and they inked the Canada-Mexico Air Transport Agreement, which aims to expand the number of flights between the two countries. The Toronto Sun points out that the deal could bring more Canadian business travelers to Mexico as the country implements energy reform and seeks investment and expertise from Canada.

They signed a declaration of intent to expand defense cooperation, and a new joint action plan to improve the bilateral relationship.

Watch their joint February 18 statement, or read it in Spanish.