Biden declares US 'best friends' with Canada

Trudeau and Biden seen here together in Ottawa in 2016 will have their first virtual meeting Tuesday

The United States and Canada, as leading democracies, recognise their responsibility to defend their shared values around the world and to strengthen their own democracies at home, US President Joe Biden has said as he hosted his first-ever virtual bilateral summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The official said the U.S.is also committed to ending the "unjust imprisonment" of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China, and the two leaders will discuss how they can work together to make that happen.

Biden said he and Trudeau agreed to work toward achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

The two leaders - Biden in the Roosevelt Room at the White House and Trudeau in the prime minister's office in Ottawa - delivered friendly opening remarks in front of the media, with flags from both countries on display at both ends of the long-distance conversation.

"Canada and the United States will stand together against abuse of universal rights and democratic freedoms", says Biden.

The United States and Canada will cooperate on climate change, and as Biden emphasized, it is about joint actions for both countries in order to more effectively involve other countries in the necessary actions.

"I think one of the things that that has changed significantly since January 20 is the White House is not going to be meddling in in Justice Department matters", the official said. Canada is now receiving doses from plants in Europe. S. expert and president of the D.C. -based Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, said the synchronicity between the two leaders is why Trudeau needs to seize the moment.

Both were detained on December 10, 2018-nine days after Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, was arrested by Canadian officials at the request of the United States while she was changing planes in Vancouver. "Given the central role of semiconductors, strengthening the USA position in semiconductor research, design, and manufacturing is a national priority".

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Then, Biden will walk over to the White House residence and give a public statement.

Also taking part were US Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, along with their Canadian counterparts.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called it a "temporary reopening during Covid-19", telling reporters Tuesday the Biden administration plans to close it but now needs to "ensure that we can follow COVID protocols as unaccompanied minors come into the United States".

Canada is "very likely to be raising issues that run counter to some of the environmental aspirations that animate the Biden administration", Reilly told a panel discussion Monday hosted by the American Council for Capital Formation.

The Canadian side also raised concerns about the "Buy American" executive order that Biden signed during his first week in office.

A series of presidential orders and memorandum signed by Donald Trump have been revoked since he left office.

Eric Miller, a Canada-U. "The decision will not be reconsidered", the official briefing reporters ahead of the meeting said.

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