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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump emerged from their first official meeting affirming their longstanding relationship and their agreement to continue to cooperate to ensure ongoing economic growth of the North American continent.

In a joint statement, the leaders said "no two countries share deeper or broader relations than Canada and the United States. We are bound together by our history, our values, our economy, our environment, and our resolve to improve the lives of our citizens. Our close relationship and ongoing collaboration allow us to successfully meet any challenges we may face over the coming years, and to build a prosperous future for the people of both countries."

There had been concern among Canadian manufacturing business leaders that President Trump's talk of renegotiating free trade agreements might have a negative impact on Canadian companies doing business with US firms, but both leaders confirmed they would work together to strengthen economic ties, recognizing the ongoing close integration between Canadian and US businesses.

"The United States and Canada also recognize the importance of cooperation to promote economic growth, provide benefits to our consumers and businesses, and advance free and fair trade. We will continue our dialogue on regulatory issues and pursue shared regulatory outcomes that are business-friendly, reduce costs, and increase economic efficiency without compromising health, safety, and environmental standards. We will work together regarding labour mobility in various economic sectors.

"Given our shared focus on infrastructure investments, we will encourage opportunities for companies in both countries to create jobs through those investments. In particular, we look forward to the expeditious completion of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which will serve as a vital economic link between our two countries."

President Trump also noted in the statement that the US "welcomes Canada's recently announced decision to launch an open and transparent competition to replace its legacy fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft. The United States also welcomes Canada's decision to explore the immediate acquisition of 18 new Super Hornet aircraft as an interim capability to supplement the CF-18s until the permanent replacement is ready. Canada appreciates the cooperation of the United States to facilitate these processes."

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