October 3, 2017 11:23 am
Updated: October 3, 2017 11:35 am

Justin Trudeau to meet with Donald Trump in Washington next week

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to travel to Washington and Mexico City next week to discuss trade, security and co-operation.

The Prime Minister’s Office says he will be in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday, going on to Mexico on Thursday.

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In Washington, Trudeau will meet U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss trade and economic ties as NAFTA negotiations continue.

In a statement, the prime minister says its important dialogue between the two countries continue.

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“The United States is Canada’s top economic partner, and it’s important that we continue to work together to strengthen trade, investment and economic opportunity for people on both sides of our border, the statement reads.

“I look forward to discussing with President Trump how to enhance our mutual prosperity and security.”

The news release noted that Canada is the number one export destination for most U.S. states.

The prime minister will also take part in a keynote conversation at the 2017 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit to discuss gender equality and the ways women’s economic empowerment helps create economic growth.

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In his first official visit to Mexico, Trudeau is to meet President Enrique Pena Nieto to discuss trade, regional co-operation and ways to further strengthen Canada-Mexico ties.

“I am excited to visit Mexico for the first time as Prime Minister to meet with President Peña Nieto and engage with civil society to deepen relations between our two countries,” Trudeau’s statement read.

The prime minister will also honour victims of recent Mexican earthquakes and participate in events with civil society.

— With files from Global News reporter Maham Abedi

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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