Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday that US President Joe Biden will visit Mexico in January.
In a press conference, he indicated that Biden will travel to the country from January 9 to 10 for a summit of North American leaders in Mexico City, which will include Canada.
The summit was scheduled for December, but White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre indicated last month that plans were changing.
“We are still working on plans for the next North American Leaders Summit and do not have any travel announcements to make at this time,” Jean-Pierre said on October 18.
Mexico, the United States and Canada have made it a tradition for their leaders to meet in person for the annual summit. Those summits did not happen during the Trump administration.
Biden hosted Trudeau and López Obrador for the most recent summit last November, which was held in Washington D.C.
In June, López Obrador did not attend the Summit of the Americas, held in Los Angeles, due to his refusal not to invite the leaders of Cuba and Nicaragua, as well as representatives of the Maduro government, which the United States does not recognize.
But the Mexican president visited the White House the following month for a meeting with Biden amid tensions over other issues such as migration and fentanyl.
Vice President Kamala Harris also met with Biden during his trip, going to Mexico during his first overseas outing in office.