Expectations controlled for North American Summit

The meeting of North American heads of state took place in Guadalajara with the Mexican government emphasizing the cordial atmosphere and statements of support from President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper for Mexico’s war against drug traffickers, while expectations for progress on specific issues of importance to Mexico were downplayed.  Canada will not relax its recent requirement for visas for Mexican tourists. With respect to the U.S.-Mexico agenda, President Obama made positive statements about resolving the U.S. ban on Mexican trucks and human rights certification for the Mexican military under the Mérida Initiative, but no concrete agreements were announced.  For reasons of protocol, newly-confirmed U.S. Ambassador Carlos Pascual was not part of the U.S. delegation. (Presidencia 8/9, Universal 8/9)

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