By Laura Barron-Lopez - 06/19/14 03:42 PM EDT
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) received an invitation to visit Canada to discuss the Keystone XL oil pipeline and energy independence Thursday.
Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer delivered the invitation to Boehner from the Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons.
The invitation came days after Canada conditionally approved construction of a pipeline that would transport crude oil from Alberta to Canada's west coast and then to Asia.
"Partnering with our Canadian friends and neighbors on energy is the most obvious step we can take toward energy security and independence for the American people,” Boehner added. “I’m eager to talk directly with Canadian Prime Minister Harper about the opportunities ahead for our two countries on jobs and energy.”
Boehner said he would do his best to visit Canada.