Biden speaks with Trudeau in 1st foreign leader call as President
Published: 02:12 PM, 23 January 2021
US President Joe Biden and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Photo: Collected
Joe Biden spoke with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday (Saturday BD time), in his first call to a foreign leader as US President, on a number of topics and made plans to continue the conversation next month.
During the conversation, which lasted about 30 minutes, the two leaders covered everything from the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the closure of the US-Canada border since March, to environmental protection.
Ottawa and Washington said this in separate statements.
Trudeau and Biden made plans to talk again soon, with Canada leaving open the possibility of a virtual or even in-person discussion, while the White House said only that “the two leaders agreed to speak again in a month.”
The discussions, the Canadian statement said, would “advance the important work of renewing the deep and enduring friendship between Canada and the United States.”
However, neither Washington nor Ottawa confirmed an exact date.
According to both countries, the leaders discussed Biden’s decision to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a project fiercely opposed by environmentalists but backed by Ottawa.
Meanwhile, In a similar call on Friday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed on Twitter that he and Biden had discussed topics ranging from Covid-19 to migration.