UPDATE 1-Canada postpones Three Amigos summit amid Keystone XL tension

Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:59pm EST
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By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA Jan 15 (Reuters) - Canada has postponed a summit with the leaders of the United States and Mexico, officials said on Thursday, amid persistent tensions over the construction of TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline and other issues.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had been due to host U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto for the annual meeting of the so-called Three Amigos, and a date had tentatively been set for late February, said two sources familiar with the plans.

Canadian officials recently reached out to Washington and Mexico City to say late February would not work, but gave no reasons, the sources said.

"It's my understanding that (the summit) ... has been postponed from early this year to later in the year," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in Washington.

But Harper spokesman Jason MacDonald said no date had been formally announced.

"We intend to host the meeting later in the year," he said.

If Obama did come to Canada he would face pointed questions about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from the Alberta oil sands to the United States.   Continued...