"Obama Heads to Mexico Amigos Meeting Strained by Keystone"

"Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s frustration with U.S. President Barack Obama’s failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline may make this installment of the North America summit, known as the “Three Amigos,” the frostiest since the annual meetings began almost a decade ago."

"At the one-day meeting [Wednesday] in Toluca, Mexico, with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Harper, Obama is bringing an agenda focused on trade, education, border security and stopping drug trafficking. Yet 20 years after the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect, the U.S. and Canada are at loggerheads over a $5.4 billion collaboration that would carry oil south from the thick sands of Alberta to American refineries along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana."

Eric Martin and Angela Greiling Keane report for Bloomberg News February 18, 2014.

SEE ALSO:

"Politics to Shadow Obama’s Trade Talks in Mexico" (New York Times)

"Obama Seeks Agreement With Mexico, Canada on TPP" (Wall St. Journal)

"Obama's North American agenda faces congressional drag ahead of summit with Mexico, Canada" (AP)

"Trade Bills Divide Obama, Fellow Dems" (AP)

Source: Bloomberg, 02/19/2014