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US, Canada expands ties, works on addressing systemic racism

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The United States President, Joe Biden and the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau discussed the importance of expanding ties, addressing all forms of systemic racism, discrimination, and exclusion by implementing more effective approaches to community safety, criminal justice, and law enforcement.

This was disclosed in a bilateral meeting on Tuesday, as they solidified the deep and enduring friendship between Canada and United States, by committing to an ambitious roadmap to revitalize and expand this historic relationship and realize the full potential.

Trudeau and Biden discussed working together to end the global COVID-19 pandemic, and agreed that the pandemic will not end until everyone, everywhere has access to a vaccine. To ensure a strong economic recovery that benefits everyone.

The two leaders further discussed the importance of avoiding measures that may constrain the critical trade and supply-chain security between the countries. Sharing their vision for building back better by supporting hard-hit small and medium-sized businesses and creating good middle class jobs, especially for young people.

They expressed their shared commitment to taking real action to fighting climate change while growing the economy and creating good jobs, while discussed working together to reduce pollution, protect nature and biodiversity, and collaborate on critical minerals and clean energy.

Trudeau and Biden announced to launch a High Level Climate Ministerial to align policies and goals to increase ambition to tackle the climate crisis, also highlighted the integrated energy infrastructure, including oil and gas, would remain essential during a transition to a net-zero emissions future.

In addition, the two leaders emphasized the importance of maintaining strong and secure supply chains, and spoke about the digital economy, discussed the important defence and security issues, including modernizing NORAD, as well as NATO missions, cybersecurity threats, and firearms.

Canadian Prime Minister and the US President further discussed efforts to address key regional, national, and global challenges, and priorities in multilateral forums, including the G7, the G20, and the United Nations, while Biden reaffirmed his country’s commitment to ending the arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China.

Trudeau promised to continue working closely with President Biden to fight the pandemic and ensure a strong economic recovery to grow the middle class in both countries. “This productive bilateral meeting is another step to revitalize and expand ties with our largest and closest partner, the United States”, Trudeau said.

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