Canadian prime minister was the primary international chief to talk with the brand new US president in a name highlighting ‘enduring’ ties between two neighbours.
Canada’s Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden plan to fulfill in individual subsequent month, the prime minister’s workplace has introduced, following a name between the 2 leaders during which they agreed to hitch forces to fight coronavirus in North America.
“The 2 leaders agreed to fulfill subsequent month with the intention to advance the essential work of renewing the deep and enduring friendship between Canada and america,” Trudeau’s workplace stated in an announcement on Friday.
In a separate assertion, the White Home stated the 2 leaders highlighted the “strategic significance of the US-Canada relationship” and mentioned cooperation on a wide-ranging agenda together with combating the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing local weather change.
It stated Biden and Trudeau agreed to talk once more in a month and didn’t point out plans for a gathering.
Trudeau, who has been eager to embrace the brand new president and switch the web page on the usually tumultuous Donald Trump years, was the primary international chief to talk with Biden since Wednesday’s inauguration.
“They mentioned collaboration on vaccines and acknowledged that the 2 international locations’ efforts are strengthened by present exchanges of medical personnel and the stream of important medical provides,” in line with a Canadian readout of the decision.
The 2 additionally agreed to broaden cooperation on continental defence and within the Arctic, and stated their respective high defence and international affairs would meet on the earliest alternative.
Trudeau earlier on Friday hailed Biden’s arrival as a “new period” for bilateral ties however the relationship has begun with an early disagreement after Biden scrapped the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to america on his first day in workplace on Wednesday.
The White Home assertion stated Biden acknowledged “Trudeau’s disappointment concerning the choice to rescind the allow for the Keystone XL pipeline, and reaffirmed his dedication to keep up an energetic bilateral dialogue and to additional deepen cooperation with Canada”.
Pipeline builder TC Vitality Corp stated it could eradicate greater than 1,000 development jobs in coming weeks because of the cancellation.
“The prime minister raised Canada’s disappointment with america’ choice on the Keystone XL pipeline,” in line with Canada’s readout, which famous that Trudeau additionally introduced up “the significance of the softwood lumber business, and urged the removing of duties”.
The long-running dispute noticed the Trump administration impose tariffs in opposition to what it noticed as unfair subsidies for Canadian exporters of softwood lumber, which is utilized in residence development.