Canadian PM Trudeau to give keynote at governors’ summit in RI

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to his introduction as he addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Trudeau is attending the event where political, business and social leaders are gathered to discuss world agendas. (Andrew Vaughan /The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’ll meet with U.S. governors at a summer summit in Rhode Island.

Trudeau said in a statement on Friday that he plans to deliver the keynote address at the National Governors Association meeting that begins Thursday in Providence.

Foreign dignitaries have attended the association’s meetings in recent years, though not heads of state.

Trudeau says he wants to strengthen the “vital relationship” between Canada and the United States. He says no other international relationship is more important to Canadian prosperity.

He plans to talk about trade, cross-border security and the potential for common solutions on climate change.

Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is hosting the three-day summit.

“I am thrilled and honored that Prime Minister Trudeau will join us in Rhode Island, where governors will gather to discuss some of the top innovations and best practices happening in our states,” Raimondo said.

Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were invited, but neither has said if they’ll go.