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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the call between President Obama and Prime Minister Harper of Canada

The President and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke today by telephone and exchanged views on economic issues, including Canada’s preparations as host of the upcoming G8 and G20.  The President will travel to Canada at the end of the week to participate in the G8 Summit in Muskoka and the G20 Summit in Toronto.  They agreed to work together within the G8 to promote development and a range of peace and security issues.  The President and the Prime Minister also agreed that the G20 provides an opportunity for the leaders of the world’s major economies to secure a durable recovery, put in place credible commitments to restore fiscal sustainability over the medium term, build a balanced global economy, and repair and reform the financial sector.