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Summit of the Americas: a time to talk about “important issues”, says Trudeau


Mr. Trudeau acknowledges that some countries in the Western Hemisphere share the same ideas less that others. But he adds that they all share a number of pressing issues, such as migration pressures, climate change and a full recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

These three issues should be on the agenda of the week-long summit. The prime minister will depart for Los Angeles later today on Tuesday.

Along the way, he and Secretary of Defense Anita Anand will stop in Colorado Springs, Colo., for meetings with commanders and officials from NORAD, the Joint Command continental defense system slated for upgrade.

Mr. Trudeau will also be accompanied by Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, who is due to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard.

It is extremely important that we have the opportunity to dialogue with our hemispheric partners – some like-minded, others lesssaid Mr. Trudeau during a press conference, Monday in Ottawa, with his Chilean counterpart Gabriel Boric.

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Talking about the important issues our peoples have in common, whether it’s migration pressures, climate change, the spread of this pandemic, it’s an important time for us to come together.

Canada continues to champion the importance of human rights and democratic values ​​in the three excluded countries, although we recognize that Canada has a long-standing approach to Cuba that is different from that of the United States.

The United States criticized

Mr. Boric was much more forceful in condemning the mistake of the White House. We must express in the United States and elsewhere that exclusion is not the right pathsaid Mr. Boric.

When the United States decides to exclude certain countries from the summit, it actually reinforces the position that these other countries take in their own country.

Mr Biden’s decision to exclude the three countries prompted Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to confirm on Monday that he would stay away.

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday dismissed the idea that López Obrador’s decision to avoid the summit is a sign of declining American influence in the hemisphere.

The United States remains the most powerful force in leading hemispheric action to address key challenges facing the peoples of the Americas – inequality, health, climate, and food security.said Ms. Jean-Pierre.

The president must stick to his principles. He thinks he should stick to his principles and not invite dictators over, but we can always have a deep conversation – there’s a busy agenda where he’s going to be very busy.

Other priorities for the summit will include helping countries control the COVID-19 pandemic, forging new ties on climate and energy initiatives, tackling food insecurity, and leveraging existing trade agreements to better ensure that more people can reap the benefits.

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