Biden speaks with Trudeau ahead of Leaders Summit on Climate

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding preparations for the April 22-23 Leaders Summit on Climate, efforts to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, and the two Canadians – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – unjustly detained by the government of China, the White House said.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, joined by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, participate in a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) 
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, joined by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, participate in a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

It added that President Biden “applauded Canada’s vital contributions to addressing climate change” while both leaders reaffirmed their shared commitment “to demonstrate global leadership on the climate crisis through the U.S.-Canada High-Level Dialogue on Climate Ambition launched on February 23.”

“They agreed to continue efforts to control the pandemic, collaborate on public health responses and global health security, as well as to support global affordable access and delivery of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, including through the COVAX facility. The President also condemned the arbitrary detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor and reiterated the commitment of the United States to stand strong with Canada to secure their release,” said the White House.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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