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President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met virtually Tuesday for Biden's first meeting with a foreign counterpart since taking office. The two pledged to fight COVID-19 and rehabilitate U.S.-Canadian relations. (Feb. 23)
Good evening, everyone. Justin, we had good meetings. Prime Minister Trudeau and I just concluded a very productive bilateral meeting. The first of what I'm sure will be many close and cooperative sessions. One of our last foreign trips I made was as Vice President was to visit the Prime Minister in Ottawa. And today, we were able to drive right into the many vital issues of importance for both our nations. For both our nations, getting COVID under control at home and around the world is an immediate priority.
The United States is no closer and no more important friend than Canada. Our nations share close geography and history that will forever bind us together. But our values are even more consequential.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU: The president and I discussed the ambitious new partnership road map based on shared values and priorities that will guide our countries work together over the coming years. In the face of COVID-19, of climate change, of rising inequality, this is our moment to act. So we're not wasting any time in getting down to work. Job one remains keeping people safe and ending this pandemic. We're facing tough times, there's no doubt. But we're not facing them alone. Canada and the United States are each other's closest allies, most important trading partners, and oldest friends.
And we stand united to beat this pandemic and build a better tomorrow. And I know our bond will grow even stronger. Thank you, Mr President. Thank you, Joe, for your leadership, for your engagement. And thank you in advance for all the great work we're going to be doing together.