Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to meet his new American counterpart, Joe Biden, next month, they agreed in a telephone interview on Friday.
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During this meeting, the first since Joe Biden was sworn in, it was also obviously a question of the health crisis which has lasted for nearly a year.
“They discussed their collaboration on vaccines and said the exchange of medical personnel and the flow of essential medical supplies contributes to the efforts of the two countries,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement. in the evening.
While many experts expect relations between Canada and the United States to warm up from the Trump era, the two men still have their points of contention.
The thorny issue of Keystone XL, very dear to Alberta, was also raised during this call.
Recall that on his first day at the White House, Wednesday, Joe Biden revoked by decree the permits that had been given by Donald Trump to allow the construction of this pipeline supposed to transport oil from Alberta to Texas.
“The Prime Minister expressed Canada’s disappointment with the United States’ decision on the Keystone XL project. The Prime Minister underlined the important advantages of the bilateral energy relationship in terms of the economy and energy security, ”said Mr. Trudeau’s entourage.
The Prime Minister also recalled on Friday the importance for Canada of the softwood lumber issue, calling on the United States to eliminate its tariffs.
The imprisonment of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China was also on the agenda on Friday.
This is another subject that has complicated Canada-US relations in recent years. Indeed, these two diplomats have been detained in China since the arrest by Canada proceeded to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the leader of the Chinese giant Huawei, at the request of the United States.
Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden had already spoken on the phone last November, after the last victory was confirmed by US media.
To see now if the American president will make his first visit abroad to Canada, as is the tradition, to which Donald Trump had however departed in 2017.