Trudeau, Biden deliver joint statement after 1st bilateral meeting | FULL

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden delivered a joint statement following their first bilateral meeting since Biden was sworn in last month.

The meeting was held virtually Tuesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president said Canada and the U.S. will work together to secure the safe release of two Canadians — Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig — detained in China.

“Human beings are not bartering chips,” Biden told reporters.

The two men were arrested in China in 2018 on espionage charges, shortly after Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou was detained by authorities in British Columbia on an extradition charge from the United States. Canadian officials have repeatedly called for their release, calling their detention arbitrary.

Speaking in French, Trudeau thanked Biden for his support in calling for the release of the men.

The two leaders also discussed the economic recovery from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Biden said the countries are working in “close co-operation” to ensure Canada and the U.S. are driving a “robust economic recovery that benefits everyone.”

Trudeau said the leaders discussed “leveraging supply chains and support for businesses to create good, well-paying jobs and help people who have been hit hardest get back on their feet.”

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