The leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada have pledged to
cooperate to restore economic growth and fight the spread of swine
President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and
Mexican President Felipe Calderon made the pledge after meeting for a
second and final day in Guadalajara, Mexico.
President Obama said the three leaders renewed commitments to ensure economic growth.
In a joint statement, the leaders also said they discussed plans to
build up public health capacities and share information about the swine
flu pandemic more efficiently.
The leaders also noted that transnational criminal networks threaten
all three countries. President Obama praised Mexican President Calderon
for his efforts against drug cartels. Mr. Obama said he is confident in
Mexico's ability to fight the cartels while upholding human rights.
Mr. Obama also said common prosperity in all three countries depends on
legal migration. He said his administration will continue to work to
fix the "broken" immigration system of the United States.
Mr. Calderon told President Obama late Sunday that the U.S. should move faster to send Mexico the $1.4 billion it has promised (as part of the Merida Initiative)
to fight organized crime. One hundred million dollars has been delayed
because some U.S. lawmakers are concerned about alleged human rights
abuses by the Mexican army.
Monday, Mr. Calderon said his country has a clear commitment for human rights.
Discussions also covered concerns about the "Buy American" elements of
the U.S. economic stimulus program, which requires public works
projects funded by tax money to use U.S.-made materials. Mr. Obama said
Mr. Harper raised the topic. Mr. Obama saying that it has in no way
endangered the billions of dollars in trade taking place between the
U.S. and Canada.
Prime Minister Harper is to meet Mr. Obama at the White House next
month, and all three leaders plan to attend the G-20 summit of major
and developing economies, in Pittsburgh, (in the eastern U.S. state of) Pennsylvania.