February 19, 2009 / 8:17 PM / 8 years ago

Canada, U.S. agree stimulus measures needed

<p>President Barack Obama listens to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper hold a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, February 19, 2009.Larry Downing</p>

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The United States and Canada have agreed that mutually beneficial stimulus measures are needed, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday following a meeting with President Barack Obama.

The countries have also agreed on a new deal to boost green energy development to help deal with climate change, Harper said in a joint news conference with Obama in Ottawa.

The one-day visit to Canada is Obama's first foreign trip since becoming president.

Reporting by David Ljunggren, writing by Allan Dowd; editing by Rob Wilson

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