In an effort to improve the tense relationship between the United States and Canada, President Joe Biden will embark on a 24-hour trip to Canada starting Thursday.
The two countries have been at odds over several geopolitical issues in recent times, leading to strained diplomatic ties. However, with this visit, President Biden hopes to moderate the situation and bring about much-needed amendments.
"This is one of those desperate times when one needs to act fast," said a White House spokesperson. "President Biden is committed to improving relations with our northern neighbor and will use this opportunity to discuss key issues."
During his brief stay in Canada, President Biden is expected to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other high-ranking officials. The meetings are likely to focus on trade relations between the two countries, climate change, border security issues, and COVID-19 response efforts.
Accordingly, both leaders are expected to discuss ways of strengthening bilateral cooperation and finding solutions that benefit both nations.
"We're grateful for this opportunity for our two leaders' first face-to-face meeting since taking office," said a senior Canadian official. "We look forward very much so that we can talk about how we can move forward together."
As always during such diplomatic visits from world leaders around the globe: security measures have been tightened ahead of President Biden's arrival. Nevertheless; it’s hoped that his visit will mark a turning point in US-Canada relations.
"Both countries share deep historical ties as well as economic interests,” added another official from Washington D.C., “and we must work together towards ensuring mutual prosperity while addressing shared challenges."