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Canadian PM Visits President Obama

PM Harper and Pres. Obama

PM Harper and Pres. Obama

Washington, DC
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Obama hold a joint news conference after a meeting at the White House. The two leaders released a two-part agreement on border security and economic cooperation.

The two leaders also discussed the construction of the Trans-Canada XL Keystone Pipeline, which President Obama put on hold earlier this year. Pres. Obama's position did not change and said the U.S. is evaluating the impact, especially the environmental impact of the pipeline.

One of the new policies announced would enable cross-border trade and travel easier for approved entities. The second initiative would "get rid" of regulations that block trade.

The two leaders praised each other and said each country is the other's largest trading export partner.

Updated: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 3:51pm (ET)

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