On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, on the margins of the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity (APEP) Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C., United States of America. They discussed shared priorities, such as making life more affordable and creating good middle-class jobs while fighting climate change, as well as support for democracies, including Ukraine, and working to address foreign interference.
Today, before the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Leaders’ Summit got underway, @POTUS Biden and I took time to speak about our continued partnership. We also discussed our support for democracies, including Ukraine, and foreign interference. pic.twitter.com/cuwS5xyw2P
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 3, 2023
The Prime Minister and the President spoke about pressing geopolitical issues, including the situation in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. They condemned the brutal attacks perpetrated by the terrorist organization Hamas against Israel and expressed support for Israel’s right to defend itself in accordance with international law. They noted that Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people or its legitimate aspirations. The two leaders further reaffirmed the importance of upholding international humanitarian law and protecting civilians. The two leaders expressed their deep concern about the humanitarian crisis and underscored the need for humanitarian pauses, including to ensure the flow of urgent and unimpeded access to life-saving humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza. The Prime Minister and the President also called for the immediate release of all hostages being held by Hamas. They reiterated their firm belief in the right of Israelis and Palestinians to live side by side in peace and security, with dignity, without fear, and with their human rights respected.