Canadian foreign minister concludes G7 meetings in France
Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Dinard, France, following the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Washington, DC. The meetings highlighted the importance of a robust and renewed rules-based international order, reinforced democracies, and strong alliances for amore peaceful and secure world. At the meeting of the G7 foreign ministers, global peace and security issues, including those related to Venezuela, Ukraine and Russia, North Korea, Libya, and Syria were addressed. They covered cyber security, human trafficking, terrorism and violent radicalization, including racism, Islamophobia and right-wing extremism. There was also a productive discussion on women’s role in peace processes, with a particular focus on the Sahel and Africa more broadly.
The theme of France’s G7 presidency—“fighting inequality”—builds on Canada’s G7 presidency in 2018 which focused on gender equality, growth that works for everyone, and climate action. The G7 Leaders’ Summit will take place in Biarritz, France, from August 24 to 26, 2019.