(Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden plans to make his first visit to Canada in March since taking over the White House nearly two years ago, a plan he briefed the Canadian prime minister on on Tuesday. Justin Trudeau, according to press releases from their services.
Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau took part in the day in Mexico City at a trilateral summit with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election was seen as good news by Ottawa, after a turbulent relationship between the two neighboring countries during Trump’s tenure.
NATO allies, the United States and Canada have collaborated on security and defense issues but also on environmental objectives and in the face of problems in supply chains.
Washington and Ottawa have also coordinated their responses to the offensive in Ukraine launched by Russia, with sanctions against Moscow and arms deliveries to Kyiv.
“I am optimistic for the future and in the very short term (…) It will be difficult, but there are many things we can do together,” Joe Biden told reporters before taking part in a meeting private with Justin Trudeau.
The arrival of Joe Biden in the US presidency has not appeased all the differences between the United States and Canada, which accuses the head of the White House of having put an end to an oil pipeline project linking the two countries from his first day in office and denounces certain measures of the USA-Mexico-Canada trade pact.
(Reporting Ismail Shakil in Ottawa; French version Jean Terzian)