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President Obama at the North American Leaders Summit

February 19, 2014

President Obama at the North American Leaders Summit

President Obama used his time on Air Force 1 while traveling to Mexico to sign a new Executive Order that cuts processing and approval times from days to minutes for small businesses that export American-made goods and services. President Obama was greeted by President Pena Nieto on his arrival at the Palacio de Gobierno in Toluca where they met for a bilateral discussion.

In his remarks before the meeting, President Obama said “This is my fifth visit to Mexico, and I think it underscores the incredible importance of the relationship between the United States and Mexico, not only on commercial issues and security issues, but because of the intimate person-to-person relations that exist between our two countries.”

The two Presidents were then joined by Stephen Harper where they met with a group of business and private sector leaders from the three countries and encouraged them to continue to play an active role in increasing North America’s competitiveness.

The leaders addressed several topics including: regional prosperity and competitiveness;  sustainable development and mitigation of the effects of climate change; and citizen security during their trilateral meeting. The summit concluded with a joint press conference where the leaders summarized their discussions and pledged to continue their close collaboration.

Click here to read the joint statement from the summit.

Click here to see the list of key deliverables from the summit.