In her first call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris “expressed strong solidarity” with Canada on the detainment of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, two Canadian citizens arbitrarily detained in China in 2018.

An official readout of Monday’s call from the White House said Harris “made clear that the United States would continue to do everything it can to secure their release.”

According to the readout, the call to Trudeau was her first with another foreign leader. During the call, Harris also underscored the “deep importance” of Canada as an economic and strategic partner in her first call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday.

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“She expressed the United States’ desire to work closely with Canada on a wide range of issues, including combating the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing climate change, and expanding our economic partnership in ways that advance the recovery and create jobs in both countries,” the readout said.

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In the official readout of the call released by the Office of the Prime Minister, Trudeau said he looked forward to “strengthening the bilateral trading relationship and Canada-U.S. supply chains, and avoiding the unintended consequences of Buy America policies, for the benefit of people in both countries.”

It is unclear whether Trudeau explicitly discussed the now-cancelled Keystone XL pipeline project, but the readout said he highlighted “the importance of strengthening North American energy security.”

U.S. President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline extension on his first day in office on Jan. 20, as part of a series of executive orders enacted to reverse legislation put forward by the previous Trump administration.

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