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Published on : Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced lifting of a contentious visa requirement for Mexican travellers starting Dec 1.
The announcement was made during a two-day state visit by Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto.
“This move will make it easier for our Mexican friends to visit Canada, while growing our local economies and strengthening our communities,” Trudeau said on Parliament Hill, reports Bernama news.
Pena Nieto and a delegation of Mexican officials welcomed Trudeau’s announcement with resounding applause.
“Since 2009, this barrier has been set, but today thanks to a great political will, we are bringing it down” Pena Nieto said in Spanish.
The policy had been imposed by the previous Conservative government to stem the flow of asylum claims from Mexico, which nearly tripled from 2005 to 2008, when Mexicans accounted for more than 25 per cent of all refugee claims filed in Canada.
The two leaders found common ground agreeing to end long-standing irritants between the two countries following months of behind-the- scenes negotiations.