United States President Joe Biden will hold a virtual meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Feb. 23, which will be Biden’s first official meeting with a foreign leader.
In a statement released on Feb. 20, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden “will highlight the strong and deep partnership between the United States and Canada as neighbors, friends, and NATO Allies.”
“The meeting will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review joint efforts in areas of mutual interest such as the COVID-19 response, climate change, and the economic ties that bind our countries, as well as the deep people-to-people bonds we share,” Psaki stated.
“Canada and the United States share one of the strongest and deepest friendships between any two countries in the world. It is built on common values, strong ties between our people, and a shared geography,” Trudeau said, adding that they “will work together to end the COVID-19 pandemic and support people in both our countries.”
According to a report by CBC News, the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline is expected to come up but would likely not be the main topic of the meeting.
Biden revoked a permit for the Canadian pipeline on his first day of office last January as part of a series of executive orders aimed at addressing climate change.
The pipeline was designed to transport barrels of oil from Alberta to Nebraska.
Psaki also said that Biden will also meet with Canadian ministers to discuss a range of bilateral and global issues.
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