The 2009 North American Leaders' Summit launches in Guadalajara
The US President Barack Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet August 9-10 in Guadalajara, Mexico, for the fifth annual North American Leaders' Summit. One of the biggest items on the leaders’ agenda of things to discuss will be the swine flu pandemic. Obama, Harper and Calderon will be in the talks over the vaccine development, antiviral stocks, border closures, and the effects on trade relations.
The leaders will also discuss the issues of global economic recovery, drug trade, security, climate change, and the recent military coup in Honduras.
Canada’s recently imposed visa requirements for Mexican travelers will likely surface as a topic of discussion between Harper and Calderon.
This year's US-Canada-Mexico Summit will also be the first one for US President Obama.
U.S. President Barack Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Prime Minister Stephen Harper gathered in Guadalajara for dinner Sunday night to be followed by three-way talks on Monday.
As is usually the case, hundreds of people marched outside the Summit on Sunday to protest against free trade shortfalls. Soldiers and federal police were deployed Sunday ahead of the summit, AP reports.
About 400 people from environmental groups and leftist political parties marched outside the North American Leaders Summit on Sunday to protest the negative effects of free trade and to demand immigration reform in the U.S.
Unprecedented security measures have been put in place in the host city's downtown core. According to local reports, many shops have closed down and police and military are patrolling the streets to safeguard the perimeter.