Trudeau and Biden discuss reopening Canada-U.S. Border at G7 summit – –

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Trudeau and Biden discuss reopening Canada-U.S. Border at G7 summit – –


CARBIS BAY, CORNWALL, ENGLAND – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Joe Biden spoke today about the border between their two countries as they are both in England for an international leaders’ summit.

A Canadian official speaking on condition of anonymity said the couple discussed the issue on the sidelines of another session with G7 leaders.

The land border between the two countries has been closed to non-essential travel for more than a year as part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As more people get vaccinated against the virus, both governments are wondering how long the border will remain closed and whether more people will be allowed to cross this summer.

The official says Biden and Trudeau had a brief conversation in which they discussed steps their countries are considering for a cautious reopening.

The summit marks the first time the leaders have been able to meet in person since Biden took office after winning the U.S. presidential election last fall.

The official says he and Trudeau also spoke about the arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens in China.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 12, 2021.

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