President Biden will meet virtually with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, in his first bilateral meeting as president.
The White House said Saturday that the session 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.”
In a tweet, Mr. Biden said: “I look forward to renewing the strong friendship between the United States and Canada and working to tackle the shared challenges we face.”
Mr. Trudeau said Saturday that Canada and the U.S. “share one of the strongest and deepest friendships between any two countries in the world.”
“I look forward to my meeting with President Biden,” he said. “We will work together to end the Covid-19 pandemic and support people in both our countries.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this week that it would likely be a couple of months before the president has an in-person meeting with a foreign leader. Mr. Biden on Friday virtually attended a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations, as well as a meeting of the Munich Security Conference.
The Biden administration has in its first month moved to bolster relationships with allies. In his remarks Friday, Mr. Biden stressed the need to unite and compete jointly against China.
Mr. Trudeau has expressed enthusiasm for working with Mr. Biden, saying in a statement after the inauguration that “our two countries are more than neighbors—we are close friends, partners, and allies.” Mr. Biden’s first call to a foreign leader was to Mr. Trudeau.
There have been tensions in the energy relationship between the U.S. and Canada. On his first day in office, Mr. Biden revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to the U.S., calling it inconsistent with his economic and environmental policy. Mr. Trudeau has long advocated for the pipeline, seeing it as an important conduit to market for Canadian oil.
Mr. Biden, in the call with Mr. Trudeau last month, acknowledged Mr. Trudeau’s “disappointment regarding the decision to rescind the permit” for the pipeline, the White House said at the time.
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