Minister Freeland to participate in North American Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Mexico City
January 31, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The importance of the Canada-United States-Mexico relationship is reflected in our strong diplomatic, cultural, educational and commercial relations. Canada remains committed to strengthening its multi-faceted relationship with its North American friends and allies.
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will participate in the North American Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Mexico City, Mexico, with her counterparts from the United States and Mexico on February 2, 2018.
This meeting is an opportunity for the foreign ministers of the United States, Mexico and Canada to take stock of trilateral cooperation on issues of shared interest and to highlight the benefits to all three countries working closely together.
This year, Minister Freeland; Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State; and Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs and host for the meeting, will discuss ongoing and future opportunities for trilateral cooperation and collaboration on the economy, including the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as regional and global issues.
“I look forward to a positive and constructive meeting with my American and Mexican counterparts this week to discuss shared interests among our countries. In addition to the North American economic and commercial relationship, including NAFTA, we will discuss current regional collaboration on issues including Venezuela, irregular migration, cooperation on transnational crime and the upcoming Summit of the Americas.”
- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs
Canada hosted the last North American Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in the city of Québec on January 29, 2016.
Canada and the United States share one of the largest trading relationships in the world. Canada buys more goods from the United States than China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined.
Bilateral trade between our two countries was valued at nearly $882 billion in 2016, and Canada is the largest secure supplier of energy to the United States.
The two countries share the longest secure border in the world, over which some 400,000 people and $2.4 billion worth of goods and services cross daily.
Canada is the number one export destination for most American states, and cross-border trade and investment supports nearly 9 million jobs in the United States.
For more than 70 years, Canada and Mexico have shared a vibrant relationship characterized by deep people-to-people ties, rich cultural connections and growing trade and investment.
As a result of NAFTA, Canada’s commercial relationship with Mexico is strong and growing. Just last year, Canada reached a milestone with bilateral merchandise trade totalling Can$40.8 billion.
Through the annual Canada-Mexico Partnership, more collaboration between the public and private sectors is being encouraged in areas such as energy; agri-business; labour mobility; human capital; trade, investment and innovation; environment; mining; and forestry.
These efforts have resulted in Canadian direct investment in Mexico totalling roughly $17 billion (stock) in 2016, while Mexican direct investment in Canada is nearly $2 billion (stock).
Nearly 2 million Canadians travel to Mexico every year for business or pleasure.
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