Mexico summit to focus on economic crisis: Canada

Fri Aug 7, 2009 2:18pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The United States, Canada and Mexico need to find a shared approach to tackling climate change at an upcoming summit in Mexico and to follow up on pledges aimed at speeding up the global economic recovery, the Canadian government said on Friday.

The meeting of U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico, on August 9 and 10.

The leaders will also assess the state of the global economy and policies put in place to speed up recovery ahead of a G20 summit in Pittsburgh in September.

"Although the recovery is beginning to appear, significant fragility and uncertainty continue to be part of the current reality," Dimitri Soudas, a spokesman for Harper, told reporters at a briefing.

Ottawa wants to push for greater North American-wide cooperation on combating trade protectionism, bolstering security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Soudas said.

"In the highly integrated economy of North America, a shared approach to climate change policy -- including cap and trade -- is vital to safeguard competitiveness," he said.

Soudas also said Harper would fly to Washington on Sept 16 for what will be his second one-on-one meeting with Obama.

"Canada and the United States must continue to work together to promote the recovery and strengthening of our economies," he told the briefing.

The two men will discuss the G20 summit in Pittsburgh next month as well as cooperation on economic recovery and trade as well as climate change and energy. Obama visited Ottawa in February.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)