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Washington: Prime Minister Trudeau receives warm welome

By  | 11 March 2016 at 02:51 | 1411 views

President Obama and the First Lady warmly welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and their children to the White House Thursday March 10.

This is the first time in 19 years that a Canadian Prime Minister was invited to a State Dinner at the White House.

Trudeau met members of both Houses, attended the State Dinner and will meet with World Bank officials and other engagements before returning to Canada Friday evening.

Prime Minister Trudeau said the following after the bilateral meeting with President Obama:

“Today, President Obama and I had a very productive meeting that will help our countries transition to low-carbon economies, foster clean growth, and create good jobs and great opportunities for our citizens.

“The President and I agreed to formally join the Paris Agreement in the global fight against climate change, and to take ambitious actions to reduce methane, hydroflurocarbon, and greenhouse gas emissions.

“We announced a new partnership to build a sustainable Arctic economy, and we will work together to develop new, science-based standards for commercial fishing, low-impact shipping, sustainable development, and Arctic biodiversity.

“We also committed to make our borders more open and more secure, and we agreed in principle to expand preclearance to Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto, Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City, as well as rail service in Montreal and Vancouver.

“The President and I reaffirmed our commitment to streamline trade between our countries. Each day, $2.4 billion worth of goods and services cross the border. We agreed to work in collaboration to bring trade and investment to new heights.

“Finally, we agreed that Canada will host the North American Leaders Summit in the Summer of 2016. President Obama will address Parliament during his visit to Canada for the summit.

“Canada and the United States share the same values, the same origins, and the same space. We face many of the same challenges, and we are all better off when we tackle them together.”

Click on the link below for a video clip and some photos on some aspects of the visit, courtesy of the White House press corps: