US President Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau had a virtual meeting that involved discussions on COVID-19, economic recovery, China, climate change and a hit or two to the Trump administration by the Canadian Prime Minister

US President Joe Biden had his first bilateral meeting – virtually – with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, a meeting that included discussions on COVID-19, economic recovery, China, climate change and a coup or two to the Trump administration by Mr. Trudeau.

“American leadership has been sorely missed in recent years,” Trudeau said from Ottawa by teleconference ahead of the meeting. “And I have to say that as we prepare for the joint release of the communiqué on this, it’s good when the Americans don’t take all the references to climate change and add them instead.”

The Trump administration – which removed almost all references to climate change from the White House website shortly after Mr. Trump took office – also withdrew the United States from the Paris Agreement on the climate – a decision reversed by Mr Biden on his first day. in the office. The United States formally re-entered the Paris Agreement last Friday.

“Now that the United States is back in the Paris Agreement, we intend to demonstrate our leadership to get other countries to raise their own ambitions,” Biden said afterwards. Of the reunion.

The president also called for the release of two Canadian citizens, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, detained in China. Mr. Spavor, a businessman, and Mr. Kovig, a former diplomat, have been detained by China since December 2018 on charges of espionage. Their detention came after Canada’s detention of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, in response to a US request.

“Human beings do not barter chips,” Biden said. “You know, we’re going to work together until we get them back safely.”

“Canada and the United States will unite against the abuse of universal rights and democratic freedoms. We will strengthen our shared commitment to provide safe haven for refugees and asylum seekers, and much more, ”said Biden.

The two leaders also discussed strengthening the WHO and working with multilateral institutions to strengthen global standards, Biden said.

“And we are committed to working together to help prevent future biological threats by strengthening the World Health Organization, supporting our bold goals under the Global Health Security Agenda, cooperating in the Global Partnership Against the Spread weapons [and Materials] destruction and engage with other multilateral institutions to promote transparency, build capacity and strengthen global standards, ”he said.

The Biden administration began to reverse America’s withdrawal from its traditional alliances, including the transatlantic partnership. Mr Biden said the two leaders discussed strengthening transatlantic security.

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