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"Strong and shared agenda" with Canada

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David Cameron has welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Downing Street for talks ahead of the G8 and G20 in Canada.

During an hour long morning meeting and lunch, Stephen Harper and the PM touched on a range of issues, including Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, climate change, as well as the upcoming G8 and G20.

In a press conference in the garden of Number 10, Mr Cameron described the Canadian Prime Minister as “an old friend” who was a “great source of support and advice”.

He said:

We do have a strong and shared agenda, goals we both want to push forward.

The PM also said they would be working together on banking reform and monetary policy.  He said the two countries need to make sure they “get banks operating and lending properly” to deal with their fiscal deficits.

The G8 and G20 will be taking place in Canada later this month.