The United States should work with countries like Canada to solve world problems, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, the Associated Press reported.
Neither Canada nor the United States can tackle challenges such as climate change, global health issues, and the impact of new technologies alone, Blinken told a group of dignitaries and university students.
“When I started in this position, my boss, President Biden, told me that first of all we need to make an effort to revitalize our partnerships, our alliances,” said Blinken, who spoke in French at the event, which he attended and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Jolie.
“We start with the closest partner – Canada,” said Blinken.
Earlier in the day, in a television interview in Montreal, Blinken called Canada and the United States “core partners” who share the same values.
“We work together because the lives of our citizens are very intertwined,” he said.
The US secretary of state was asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s remarks on Thursday that the world was facing the most dangerous decade since World War II.
Blinken said the danger was created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“This is a war we didn’t want,” he said. “We did everything in our power to prevent that from happening. What we are seeing now is a remarkable partnership between many countries, including the US and Canada, in support of Ukraine.”
Blinken said Canada and the US are also working closely on the twin threats to the Arctic from climate change and Russian expansionism.
He began his trip to Montreal with a visit to Lithion, a company that manufactures batteries for electric vehicles by recycling 95% of the material in used batteries.