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11/30/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/30/2021 18:36

Minister Joly speaks with Italian counterpart

November 30, 2021 - Riga, Latvia - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today spoke with Luigi Di Maio, Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

The ministers underscored the importance of NATO, particularly in safeguarding transatlantic security and promoting a rules-based international order. The ministers exchanged views on the situation in Ethiopia and the need to resolve the ongoing conflict through peaceful dialogue. They also shared concerns about Russia's military build-up in and around Ukraine and discussed how the international community can support de-escalation.

The ministers discussed the importance of the Canada-Italy relationship. Minister Joly emphasized Canada's support for open, rules-based trade, and the full implementation of CETA. She also highlighted the need for cooperation to build on the countries' already strong commercial relationship to advance the post-COVID economic recovery. Minister Joly and Minister Di Maio also agreed that strong transatlantic ties are crucial to addressing the most pressing issues of our time, such as climate change.