The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will attend the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with his counterparts on March 25, 2020. The meeting will be conducted by videoconference.
The Minister and his colleagues will discuss collective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic for international peace and security key issues, including those involving Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar, North Korea, Syria, and Ukraine and Russia.
The meeting will also be an opportunity to exchange views on threats to democracy, including foreign interference, the suppression of human rights and terrorism, and on protecting the rules-based international order.
“As the world faces an increasingly complex political and security landscape that is compounded by the global health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada remains committed to working alongside our G7 partners to tackle pressing and difficult global challenges. I look forward to working with my colleagues to support a strong, coordinated international response to the pandemic and to strengthening the rules-based international order.”
– François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs
The G7 is an informal group of like-minded partners that brings together Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
The G7 dates back to the mid-1970s.
The G7 presidency, which rotates annually between member countries, sets the agenda for the year in consultation with the group’s members and its partners. France held the presidency in 2019 and the United States holds it in 2020.
The annual G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting offers its members a unique forum where they can develop coordinated approaches through open and honest discussions on issues related to foreign affairs and international security.
G7 foreign ministers last met in Dinard, France, in April 2019.
Following the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, G7 leaders will hold a summit in June.