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US, Canada agree to modernize NORAD, launch extended dialogue on Arctic - Biden

US president also announced an agreement to re-establish the Cross-Border Crime Forum, to work together to modernize the two countries’ approach to community safety, and to fight racism and discrimination

WASHINGTON, February 24. /TASS/. The US and Canada agreed to modernize the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and launch an extended dialogue on Arctic, US President Joe Biden told journalists in the wake of his online meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday.

"We also agreed to modernize the North American Aerospace Defense Command," Biden said. "And we will launch an expanded US-Canadian Arctic dialogue to cover issues related to continental security, economic and social development, and Arctic governance."

He also announced an agreement to re-establish the Cross-Border Crime Forum, to work together to modernize the two countries’ approach to community safety, and to fight racism and discrimination.

"Canada and the United States are not only vital partners, we’re NATO Allies committed to shared defense. The Prime Minister and I discussed our work with our European allies to bolster transatlantic security," he said.