President Joe Biden plans to focus on migration, the Covid-19 pandemic and economic integration when he convenes a summit of North American leaders at the White House on Thursday.
While the talks are not expected to be contentious, there are some sticking points, including over auto manufacturing and a Canadian oil pipeline.
It’s the first such summit — which have come to be known as the “Three Amigos” summit — since 2016, reviving a forum shunned by former President Donald Trump. It comes a few weeks after Biden reopened US land borders to fully vaccinated travelers, ending a nearly 20-month closure that had caused tensions with both nations.
Before he meets jointly with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Biden will meet each leader individually to discuss bilateral issues. They are not expected to hold a joint press conference, unlike the previous eight North American Leaders summits held since 2005.