Obama Welcomes ‘Partner’ Trudeau to Mark Better Ties With Canada

Justin Trudeau invited Obama to address the Canadian Parliament this year.

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President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin in
the Rose Garden of the White House. (Photo: AP)

President Barack Obama and new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday ended a frosty period in bilateral ties by agreeing to tackle climate change and strive to settle a long-lasting trade dispute over Canadian softwood lumber exports.

Obama and Trudeau, whose Liberals came to power last November promising better cooperation with Washington, pledged joint steps to fight global warming, including cutting methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

The countries committed to cutting emissions of methane by 40 to 45 per cent below 2012 levels by 2025, to take steps to fight climate change in the Arctic, and to speed development of green technologies.

Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama with their families. (Photo: <a href="https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/707987760334970881">Twitter</a>)
Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama with their families. (Photo: Twitter)

They also told officials to look for solutions to a lengthy dispute over exports of Canadian softwood lumber, as well as promising to make it easier for goods and people to cross the long shared border.

I am grateful that I have him (Trudeau) as a partner ... When it comes to the central challenges that we face, our two nations are more closely aligned than ever.
Barack Obama, US President
The President and I agree on many things including, of paramount importance, the direction we want to take our countries in to ensure a clean and prosperous future.
Justin Trudeau, Canada Prime Minister

In another sign of friendlier bilateral ties, Trudeau invited Obama to address the Canadian Parliament this year.

(With Reuters inputs)

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