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U.S. president arrives in Mexico for visit
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08:25, April 17, 2009

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U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Mexico City International Airport, starting a two-day official visit on Thursday.

After spending Thursday and Friday in Mexico City, Obama will travel on to Port of Spain, capital of Caribbean nation Trinidad and Tobago, for the fifth Summit of the Americas, which begins on Friday.

The visit is Obama's first to Mexico, and his second overseas visit since he took office on Jan. 20. It is reported that security and trade will be on the agenda for the talks between Obama and his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon.

The two presidents could also discuss trade, as Mexico imposed last month a 2.4 billion U.S. dollars in tariffs on 89 U.S. products, in retaliation for the U.S. squashing of a program allowing Mexico's cross-border trucking, which the United States must allow as part of its commitments under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.

Although the U.S. sanctions represent only 1.2 percent of the two nations' trade, U.S. business groups published an open letter last week calling on Obama to resolve this issue, saying they put thousands of U.S. jobs at risk.


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