U.S. and Canadian leaders early next week to discuss issues of primary interest to both countries
President Joe Biden will hold his first bilateral talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, February 23. This was announced Saturday afternoon by Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.
According to Psaki, the meeting between the U.S. and Canadian leaders will take place in a virtual format. President Biden is going to emphasize during the talks “a strong and deep partnership between the United States and Canada as neighbors, friends and NATO allies.”
A spokesman’s statement said Biden and Trudeau will discuss a host of issues of interest to both countries, including combating the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, economic relations, and the “deep ties between people” living in neighboring countries.
Members of Joe Biden’s cabinet will also hold talks with their Canadian counterparts “on a range of bilateral and global issues,” Psaki added.
Justin Trudeau became the first foreign leader with whom Biden has had a telephone conversation since his inauguration. On Jan. 23, the White House reported on the conversation, during which they discussed cooperation on vaccinations, exchanges of medical professionals, and uninterrupted supplies of medical supplies and equipment, according to an official release.