President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold a virtual meeting Tuesday in what will be his first bilateral meeting with a foreign leader to take place since he became president.
"In this virtual event, the President will highlight the strong and deep partnership between the United States and Canada as neighbors, friends and NATO Allies," press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Saturday.
"The meeting will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review joint efforts in areas of mutual interest such as the COVID-19 response, climate change, and the economic ties that bind our countries, as well as the deep people-to-people bonds we share," she added.
Biden and his Cabinet "will also meet virtually with Canada's Ministers on a range of bilateral and global issues," said Psaki.
Biden has already spoken on the phone with foreign leaders and took part in a video conference with Group of Seven (G-7) leaders Friday, but the virtual meeting with Trudeau will be his first one-on-one meeting with a foreign leader, reports The Hill.
However, Biden's first call after taking office in January was to Trudeau, and at that time, the Canadian leader's office said that the two men agreed to "meet next month."
Psaki has clarified that such meetings will likely be held virtually, rather than with Biden inviting a foreign leader to the White House for at least a "couple of months" because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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