The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, spoke today with Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of State.
Minister Garneau and Secretary Blinken discussed the ongoing progress made toward the fundamental priority of Canada and the United States of ending the global COVID-19 pandemic, as identified in the Roadmap for a Renewed United States-Canada Partnership.
They also took stock of the advancement of other key priorities outlined in the roadmap, which include commitment to advance diversity and inclusion, the importance of our supply chains, and cooperation in the energy sector. They also expressed their continued commitment to bolster defence and security, and hold a North American Leaders’ Summit.
Minister Garneau and Secretary Blinken also agreed to continue working closely together and coordinate efforts on a safe and sustainable re-opening of the Canada-United States border.
Minister Garneau conveyed Canada’s great concern over the current level of insecurity in Haiti, and stressed the importance of fostering sustainable peace and security and encouraging Haiti to develop a credible plan for a democratic renewal, including holding elections by the end of the year. Minister Garneau also reaffirmed Canada’s ongoing commitment toward Haiti, including by supporting Haiti to address ongoing security and governance challenges. Minister Garneau and Secretary Blinken agreed to work together to support the Haitian people towards the development of a more stable, democratic and prosperous future.
Minister Garneau and Secretary Blinken reaffirmed their commitment to securing the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who have been arbitrarily detained in China since December 2018.
Furthermore, Minister Garneau and Secretary Blinken discussed the need to reinvigorate efforts toward a two-state solution and address the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. They exchanged on Minister Garneau’s recent visit to the Middle East and agreed to collaborate with regional partners and the international community toward a comprehensive, just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.