Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Harper to Join Obama and Pena Nieto in Mexico Next Month for Three Amigos

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Harper to Join Obama and Pena Nieto in Mexico Next Month for Three Amigos

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Harper to Mexico next month for Three Amigos

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OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper will join his North American counterparts in Mexico next month for a continental summit, amid broader doubts about the relevance of the so-called Three Amigos meetings.

Harper's office confirmed Monday that he will travel to Toluca, Mexico, on Feb. 19, where President Enrique Pena Nieto will host him and U.S. President Barack Obama.

It will be the first meeting of the trio since a brief gathering almost two years ago. That Washington meeting came in April 2012 and marked the first time leaders of the three countries had met since 2009.

Next month's talks will be Pena Nieto's first trilateral continental summit, and will it comes at a time of tension between Canada and Mexico.

The Mexicans are pushing for the lifting of Canadian travel visa requirements on visiting Mexicans, and Harper has said he would like to see that lifted.

The Mexican ambassador to Canada, Francisco Suarez, has previously told The Canadian Press that the ongoing irritant -- Canada imposed the visa on Mexican travellers in 2009 to curb what it said was a rise in bogus asylum claims -- might colour future planned travel by Harper to Mexico this year.

Harper's spokesman would not comment on the visa issue, and said the economy will be central to the agenda for the talks.

"Prime Minister Harper will be focused on strengthening our trade, energy and security relationship with our partners in the United States and Mexico," Jason MacDonald said in an email.

"Our top priority remains creating jobs and driving economic growth through free trade."

Harper's office had few other details, and had yet to formally announce the trip as of Monday afternoon.

In Washington, where the White House announced the event on Monday, indications were that it would not be a lengthy affair. …

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