OTTAWA — The American ambassador to Canada says both countries should "seize the moment" and move ahead with a historic border-security deal, adding that Canadians have no reason to fear that their sovereignty is at risk.

The message was delivered Thursday by David Jacobson, who appeared at an event alongside his Canadian counterpart, Gary Doer. Both men said it is crucial that plans for a "perimeter security" agreement become a reality.

The broad outlines of the border agreement were contained in a declaration released in February by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama.


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