From the Document: "On April 20-22, 2001, leaders of 34 Western Hemisphere countries will meet in Quebec City for the third Summit of the Americas. There, the spotlight will be on responding to an initial draft version of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), which will be released earlier in the month at a regional trade ministerial in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The United States has a strong interest in Western Hemisphere integration, especially trade relations with Latin America. These relationships have expanded and deepened over the past decade, including the unique long-term economic partnership with Mexico. Given the apparent rising expectations for pushing ahead on an FTAA and Mexico's prominence as the United States' second largest trade partner, U.S.-Latin American trade will continue to be an important part of the broader congressional agenda."
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