The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will be travelling to Italy, the Middle East, and Lithuania from June 27 to July 8.
On June 28 and 29, Minister Garneau will attend the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh, the ministerial meeting on Syria and the G20 Foreign Ministers’ and Development Ministers’ Meeting in Italy. These meetings are an opportunity to engage with partners and allies, strengthen multilateral relations, discuss pressing global security challenges, and further international economic cooperation. The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, will join G20 discussions virtually.
Minister Garneau will then travel to Jordan, Israel and the West Bank to advance Canada’s support towards the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region and a 2-state solution.
The Minister will end his trip in Lithuania, where he will attend the Ukraine Reform Conference (URC) and engage with partners and allies.
“As we build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must not lose sight of the challenges and priorities that need our attention. I’m looking forward to engaging with our allies and partners to help collectively advance global peace and security, increase our economic cooperation and strengthen Canada’s bilateral and multilateral relationships.”
– Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Canada has contributed to the Global Coalition against Daesh since it was formed in 2014. The coalition comprises 83 members, including many of Canada’s closest allies and partners.
Canada is a major humanitarian donor, committing $512 million in humanitarian assistance funding for Syria from 2016 to 2021.
G20 members consist of the world’s major economies and represent all inhabited continents, 80% of global economic output, 60% of the world’s population, and 75% of international trade.
Italy assumed the G20 presidency on December 1, 2020, focusing on 3 broad, interconnected pillars: People, Planet and Prosperity.
The first URCs were held in London, United Kingdom and Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. In July 2019, Canada co-hosted the third URC with Ukraine in Toronto, Ontario.