WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will hold his bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, but instead of speaking in person, their conversation will take place virtually.
The two leaders are expected to unveil a US-Canadian “roadmap” focused on their common goals of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, strengthening the economy, tackling the climate crisis and expanding military cooperation , said the White House.
Through the master plan, the two countries “will advance our shared vision of prosperity, diversity, equity and justice for all of our citizens,” the statement said.
Biden will attend the meeting from the Roosevelt Room in the White House at 4 p.m. ET, according to his daily schedule. Vice-President Kamala Harris will also be in attendance.
The President and the Canadian Prime Minister will make statements regarding their bilateral meeting, virtually, at approximately 5:45 p.m. ET. Biden will speak from the East Room.
According to the White House, the roadmap specifically calls for “relaunching the North American Leaders’ Summit as a re-engagement of solidarity between the United States, Canada and Mexico.”
The two leaders also agreed to work together “to expand cooperation on continental and arctic defense” and accelerate the Paris climate agreement’s goal of achieving net zero emissions of by 2050.
Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan are also expected to hold a 45-minute meeting with their Canadian counterparts, the Associated Press reported.
The bilateral meeting with the head of Canada – traditionally the first that a US president holds – would normally take place in person at the White House with a press conference that would include reporters from both countries, but which takes place remotely due to the pandemic.