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During his first phone call with a foreign leader in the US presidency on January 22, Joe Biden talked to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for about 30 minutes about a series of issues, from Covid-19, the pandemic had led to the closure of the two countries' borders from March, to environmental protection.
Trudeau and Biden planned an early exchange, in which Canada left the possibility of an online or even lived conversation open. The White House said, "the two leaders have agreed to exchange it for a month."
According to a Canadian government statement, the discussion will "spur the important job of resuming deep and lasting friendship" between the two countries. The two sides said the leaders also discussed Biden's decision to cancel licenses for the Keystone XL oil pipeline project, which was opposed by environmentalists but with Ottawa's support.
"The prime minister has outlined Canada's disappointment with the US decision on the Keystone XL pipeline," Trudeau's office said in its statement, adding that he emphasized "economic and security interests, weight is important to the bilateral energy relationship."
In a similar phone call that same day, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed on Twitter that he and Biden had discussed various topics from Covid-19 to migration. The discussion between the two sides was "very friendly and respectful," Obrador said.
"We talked about migration, Covid-19, cooperation on development and well-being. Everything shows that relationships will benefit the lives of people and other countries," he said.
The three countries have established the US - Mexico - Canada Agreement instead of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and bind nearly half a billion consumers in a single market that accounts for about 27% of global GDP, in an area where trade reached $ 1.2 trillion in 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Prime Minister Trudeau said ahead of his phone call with Biden that the new US administration represented an opportunity to bring the challenging relationship under former President Donald Trump to the page.
"We are really starting a new era of friendship," he said.
The White House said the leaders' phone calls emphasized "the strategic importance of US-Canadian relations" while "re-strengthening bilateral cooperation under an ambitious and broad agenda."
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