Mexican President to Leave Americas' Summit
JOHN YDSTIE, Host:
This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm John Ydstie sitting in for Steve Inskeep.
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
NPR's Don Gonyea is at the summit and he joins us. Good morning.
DON GONYEA: Good morning.
MONTAGNE: Even though you're in Quebec, a lot of eyes of course are on the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Dean.
GONYEA: He is leaving early today, as you said. They had planned to have a news conference with the three leaders, wrapping things up at about 1:30 local time this afternoon. We're now told that's been moved up to noon so he could get back home to monitor the situation there.
MONTAGNE: And now President Bush yesterday met individually with Canada's Steven Harper and then Mexico's Felipe Calderon. What did they talk about in each of those meetings?
GONYEA: They're also being advised at this summit by some 30 leaders of business and industry - 10 from each country - to talk about what they need to really strengthen this region economically, particularly in the face of global competition from the likes of China and India.
MONTAGNE: Now, Mexico has something of a grievance with the U.S. over overhauling immigration in the U.S. How has that played into these talks?
GONYEA: Separately though, the U.S. is also pressuring Mexico to do more, to crack down on the illegal drug trade; that's the security side of these discussions. So they're not really easy talks they're having - talks among friends but difficult issues.
MONTAGNE: And Canada has some border issues of its own with the U.S. What's going on there?
GONYEA: They do. Steven Harper raised it in his one-on-one meeting with President Bush yesterday. Canada does not like the new, tougher border crossing rules that the U.S. has, that the president is promising to enforce, that among other things require passports for Canadian citizens entering the U.S. They just say it's going to bog down the border crossings, particularly in the very busy crossings, places like Buffalo and Detroit.
MONTAGNE: Thanks very much.
GONYEA: My pleasure.
MONTAGNE: NPR's Don Gonyea in Quebec, Canada for the North American Summit.
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