MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The defense ministers of Mexico, the United States and Canada on Thursday met in Mexico City, Mexico, to discuss security issues.
Mexico's secretaries of National Defense, General Salvador Zepeda Cienfuegos, and of the Navy, Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberon Sanz, welcomed Canadian Defense Minister Robert Nicholson and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for the second Trilateral Meeting of North American Defense Ministers.
Participants of the meeting reaffirmed shared principles, values and outlook in the face of changing global trends and discussed ways to bolster security, disaster relief and humanitarian aid, cyber defense challenges, and strengthen security along border regions, according to Cienfuegos.
This meeting is an extension of the February summit of North American leaders, which gathered U.S. President Barack Obama, his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto, and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the central Mexican city of Toluca, Mexico State, as they looked for ways to build a stronger economic region.
Canada hosted the first such meeting in 2012.