Biden phones Britain, Canada, Mexico leaders to discuss COVID-19, climate change, security

United States President Joe Biden has had his first calls with the leaders of Canada, Britain and Mexico in a move to restore the country’s multilateral relations with her neighbours and allies.

In his first call to a European leader, Biden discussed the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), climate change and security with Britain’s Boris Johnson.

The White House did not mention any trade discussions in a later confirmation of the call, but said Biden conveyed his intentions to strengthen the special Britain-U.S. relationship and revitalise transatlantic ties.

Biden’s first call to a foreign leader after his inauguration was to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday.

The two agreed to have a meeting next month to work on “renewing the deep and enduring friendship between Canada and the United States,” Trudeau’s office said.

Biden also spoke to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday.

The two leaders discussed migration among other topics and Biden described his plan to reverse the “draconian” immigration policies of the previous administration, the White House said.

Biden plans to slow illegal migration through providing aid to countries of origin, among other measures.

Biden told Lopez Obrador the U.S. would support Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador with four billion dollars to combat the root causes of migration, the Mexican president said in a Saturday speech.

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