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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto Concludes The Three Amigos summit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama take part in a family photo at the North American Leaders Summit at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama take part in a family photo at the North American Leaders Summit at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The Three Amigos summit has concluded in Ottawa with a statement against the global forces of protectionism.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto all agreed that it would be a mistake for North America not to be part of an integrated global economy.

Trudeau says citizens are able to share in the economic growth achieved when countries export more of their goods around the world.

Obama says it’s too late to try to prevent the integration of national economies into a single global entity, because it has already happened.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto all said it would be a mistake for the continent to shut itself off from an integrated global economy.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama, along with members of their delegations, start the plenary session during the North American Leaders' Summit at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama, along with members of their delegations, start the plenary session during the North American Leaders’ Summit at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

But Obama in particular noted that free trade also needs to be fair trade, and countries need to take steps to ensure that prosperity continues to flow to all of their citizens.

Trudeau said it’s one of the key themes of the North American Leaders’ Summit, to highlight how trade and international agreements are good for global economy and for people around the world.

He said countries that export more of their goods to markets around the world are wealthier, and citizens are able to share in that growth.

Obama said it’s too late to try to prevent the integration of national economies into a single global entity, because it has already happened.

“The question is not whether or not there’s going to be an international, global economy — there is one,” the president said. “Under what terms are we going to shape that economy?”

SOURCE: ia.thecanadianpress.com

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