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Obama To Meet Calderón, Harper

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Cheryl W. Thompson
Washington Post
Sunday, August 9, 2009

President Obama travels to Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sunday for a two-day meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss global economic recovery, climate change and the ongoing drug wars in Mexico that have cost more than 12,000 lives in less than three years.

The North American Leaders’ Summit is to kick off with a bilateral meeting Sunday night between Obama and Calderón that is expected to focus on Mexico’s drug cartels.

“A great deal of this discussion will hinge on drugs and thugs,” said a Mexican government official familiar with the agenda for the closed-door meetings. “The fight that is taking place in Mexico today against drug trafficking is not going to be pretty, and it’s not going to be simple, and it’s not going to be done overnight.”

This will be Obama’s second visit to Mexico since taking office. He traveled to the country in April to pledge his support for Calderón’s efforts to halt the drug trade, which includes the flow of U.S.-made weapons across the border.

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