United States and Canada: Neighbors, Associates, and Allies

United States and Canada: Neighbors, Friends, and Allies

“Canada is one of our closest allies and I look forward to working in partnership to advance our common interests and meet our common challenges.”

– US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, January 26, 2021

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will virtually visit Canada on February 26 as part of his first virtual trip as Secretary of State. During his visit, Secretary Blinken will meet Prime Minister Trudeau, Secretary of State Garneau and other Canadian cabinet members. This visit follows President Biden’s virtual bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau on February 23, when the two leaders announced the roadmap for the US-Canada partnership, a blueprint for our nationwide relationship. Secretary Blinken will begin the process of implementing this plan in his meetings with Canadian leaders by discussing common bilateral priorities and common approaches to global challenges, including responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. take bold action to combat climate change; Strengthening North America’s Economic Relations and Enhancing Economic Security through Implementation of the USMCA; and strengthening our common defense and security.


  • The United States and Canada have been friends, partners, and allies for more than 150 years, and our bilateral relationship is one of the closest and most extensive in the world.
  • The fact that President Biden first phoned a foreign leader to Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Minister Blinken to Foreign Minister Garneau is testament to our deep and enduring friendship. President Biden held his first bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau on February 23, and Secretary Blinken’s virtual visit will build on discussions about our shared priorities and challenges.
  • The United States and Canada work together on a daily basis to secure and share the world’s longest land border (5,525 miles) and its 120 land-entry ports.
  • The $ 1.9 billion worth of goods and services crossing our border every day are testament to the depth and breadth of our economic ties.
  • The United States and Canada are strong allies, and the US defense arrangements with Canada are larger than any other country in the world.
  • The US-Canada partnership roadmap will guide our two countries as we work hand in hand on common problem areas. These concerns include fighting COVID-19; drive economic recovery; leader in climate change; Promoting diversity and inclusion in both of our societies; Expansion of our security and defense cooperation, also through NATO and NORAD; and joint management of common challenges through multilateral institutions.

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