Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden will have their first bilateral meeting next week.
Trudeau announced on Saturday that he would meet Biden, virtually, on February 23. This will be the first bilateral meeting between Canada and the new President’s administration.
According to a release, the leaders will “advance shared priorities” and work to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Canada and the United States share one of the strongest and deepest friendships between any two countries in the world,” Trudeau said in the release. “It is built on common values, strong ties between our people, and a shared geography.”
Canada and the US share one of the strongest and deepest friendships between any two countries in the world. On Tuesday, I’ll be meeting virtually with @POTUS @JoeBiden – we’ll focus on ending the pandemic, growing the middle class and creating jobs, and fighting climate change.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 20, 2021
A number of topics will be discussed, including maintaining strong supply chains, the countries’ energy agreements, climate change, and defence and security.
Job creation, economic recovery, and promoting diversity and inclusion will also be addressed.
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Trudeau was the first foreign leader Biden called after becoming president last year. The two spoke over the phone in January.
“I look forward to my meeting with President Biden, where we will work together to end the COVID-19 pandemic and support people in both our countries,” Trudeau said.