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Trudeau won’t visit Washington to mark new NAFTA, Mexican president says

Mexico’s president says Trudeau won’t attend talks in Washington with Trump
WATCH: Mexico's president says Trudeau won't attend talks in Washington with Trump

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not attend talks in Washington this week to mark the start of a new North American trade deal, Mexico’s president said.

He added that the two leaders will instead talk by telephone later on Monday morning.

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“We wish the United States and Mexico well at Wednesday’s meeting. While there were recent discussions about the possible participation of Canada, the Prime Minister will be in Ottawa this week for scheduled Cabinet meetings and the long-planned sitting of Parliament,” Alex Wellstead, a spokesperson for the prime minister’s office, said in a statement to Global News.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday, on his first trip outside of Mexico since taking office. Lopez Obrador had publicly urged Trudeau to join him in Washington.

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The Canadian leader will be attending cabinet meetings and a sitting of parliament in Ottawa, his office said in a statement.

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“We wish the United States and Mexico well at Wednesday’s meeting,” the statement said, noting that there had been discussions about the possible participation of Canada.

Trudeau previously said he was not sure about attending, citing tensions over possible U.S. tariffs on Canadian aluminum.

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Lopez Obrador on Monday told reporters Trudeau was invited to Mexico and that they would speak at around 0930 local time.

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The Canadian statement did not mention the telephone call.

Lopez Obrador added that he will do a coronavirus test before leaving Mexico, and was prepared to do another in the United States if he was required to do so.