Biden congratulates Trudeau on election win
TORONTO -- U.S. President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to congratulate his election win, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.
The two leaders discussed their shared commitments to strengthen their economies during the call and pledged to continue to co-ordinate on the COVID-19 pandemic response, according to readouts of the call from the White House and the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Liberal Party was declared the winner in Monday’s federal election and will be forming another minority government for the 44th Parliament.
"The President expressed to Prime Minister Trudeau his desire to continue working closely and deepening collaboration with Canada – one of our nation’s top partners," the White House said.
Biden and Trudeau promised to get together in person soon to discuss bilateral cooperation on a range of issues, Trudeau’s office said.
China’s detention of Canadian citizens, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, was also discussed during the call.
Trudeau also confirmed his plan to participate in Wednesday’s virtual Global COVID-19 Summit, which Biden is hosting.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also extended his congratulations, calling the U.S.- Canada relationship one of the "most comprehensive partnerships in the world" and highlighting the ongoing co-operation between the two countries on issues including human rights, global health, and climate change.
"We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Canada as our neighbor, close friend, democratic partner, and trusted ally," Blinken said in a separate statement on Tuesday.