21:49 GMT24 February 2021
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    The 46th US president, Joe Biden, held an online meeting with Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, on Tuesday. They reportedly discussed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and economic relations between the neighboring nations.

    Biden and Trudeau make official statements after a bilateral online video-conference that took place on Tuesday.

    The conversation was the first official face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader for Biden as head of the White House.

    The US and Canadian leaders were said to have discussed the global pandemic and the possibility of an early release for two Canadian citizens detained for espionage in China in May 2019.

    Among additional areas of common concern are climate change, economic ties and other international issues.

    The event was expected to “highlight the strong and deep partnership between the United States and Canada as neighbors, friends and NATO Allies,” an official statement from the White House, issued earlier, reads.

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