Canadian prime minister was the primary overseas chief to talk with the brand new US president in a name highlighting ‘enduring’ ties between two neighbours.

Canada’s Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden plan to satisfy in individual subsequent month, the prime minister’s workplace has introduced, following a name between the 2 leaders during which they agreed to hitch forces to fight coronavirus in North America.

“The 2 leaders agreed to satisfy subsequent month as a way to advance the essential work of renewing the deep and enduring friendship between Canada and america,” Trudeau’s workplace mentioned in an announcement on Friday.

In a separate assertion, the White Home mentioned the 2 leaders highlighted the “strategic significance of the US-Canada relationship” and mentioned cooperation on a wide-ranging agenda together with combating the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing local weather change.

It mentioned Biden and Trudeau agreed to talk once more in a month and didn’t point out plans for a gathering.

Trudeau, who has been eager to embrace the brand new president and switch the web page on the customarily tumultuous Donald Trump years, was the primary overseas chief to talk with Biden since Wednesday’s inauguration.

“They mentioned collaboration on vaccines and acknowledged that the 2 international locations’ efforts are strengthened by current exchanges of medical personnel and the circulation of vital medical provides,” in accordance with a Canadian readout of the decision.

Defence cooperation

The 2 additionally agreed to increase cooperation on continental defence and within the Arctic, and mentioned their respective high defence and overseas affairs would meet on the earliest alternative.

Trudeau earlier on Friday hailed Biden’s arrival as a “new period” for bilateral ties however the relationship has begun with an early disagreement after Biden scrapped the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to america on his first day in workplace on Wednesday.

The White Home assertion mentioned Biden acknowledged “Trudeau’s disappointment concerning the choice to rescind the allow for the Keystone XL pipeline, and reaffirmed his dedication to take care of an lively bilateral dialogue and to additional deepen cooperation with Canada”.

Pipeline builder TC Vitality Corp mentioned it could get rid of greater than 1,000 building jobs in coming weeks as a result of cancellation.

“The prime minister raised Canada’s disappointment with america’ determination on the Keystone XL pipeline,” in accordance with Canada’s readout, which famous that Trudeau additionally introduced up “the significance of the softwood lumber business, and urged the removing of duties”.

The long-running dispute noticed the Trump administration impose tariffs in opposition to what it noticed as unfair subsidies for Canadian exporters of softwood lumber, which is utilized in residence building.