U.S. President Barack Obama is flying to Guadalajara Sunday for his first summit with the leaders of Mexico and Canada.
Mr. Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are planning to discuss a long list of issues. Swine flu, trade, immigration and drugs will be reviewed over dinner Sunday and in more formal meetings on Monday.
Canada is America's top trading partner, and Mexico is number three. The U.S. neighbors are likely to raise concerns that Washington's economic recovery plans are hurting businesses on their side of the border. They have criticized a "Buy American" policy, which requires public works projects funded by tax money in an economic stimulus package to use U.S.-made materials.
Mexico likely also will try to resolve a dispute with the U.S. involving Mexican trucks. Mexico has charged Washington violated the North American Free Trade Agreement when it canceled a program allowing some Mexican trucks to operate in the United States. Mexico responded by imposing $2.4 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.A more illicit business -- drugs -- also will be discussed.
The Mexican government is struggling to contain deadly violence related to powerful drug cartels distributing narcotics through Mexico and into the U.S.The U.S. has acknowledged that it plays a part in the violence because of its drug consumption and gun trafficking.Swine flu also has become an important cross-border concern. The officials will address efforts to contain the potentially deadly virus.