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Ottawa, Apr 7 (Canadian-Media): Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, concluded yesterday her participation in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which took place on April 5 and 6, 2019, in Dinard, France, following the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on April 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C., media reports said.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949 and since then Canada has been a member of NATO.
NATO, the most successful political-military alliance in history, consists of 29 countries from North America and Europe contributing to international peace and security and to defend each other from the possibility of communist Soviet Union taking control of their nation.
The G7, short form of Group of 7, includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
“Canada and its NATO and G7 allies have an important role to play in building a more peaceful and prosperous world...to coordinate our responses to some of the most pressing global challenges and issues...will shape, prepare and inform essential discussions that the G7 leaders will have in Biarritz, France, in August,” said Freeland.
Both Canada’s NATO allies and its G7 partners recognize that a renewed rules-based international order, reinforced democracies and strong alliances ensure a more peaceful and secure world.
In Washington, D.C., the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO.
At the meeting of the G7 foreign ministers in Dinard, France, ministers addressed global peace and security issues related to Venezuela, Ukraine and Russia, North Korea, Libya, and Syria to find ways to combat threats involving cybersecurity, human trafficking, terrorism, violent radicalization, including racism, Islamophobia and right-wing extremism.
Throughout their discussions, G7 foreign ministers stressed the importance of protecting and promoting human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, with a particular focus on the Sahel and Africa.
Ministers committed to continue cooperation on defending democracy, including through the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism established in Toronto last year and welcomed the launch of the Elsie Initiative Fund for Uniformed Women in Peace Operations.
The Minister spoke about the importance of media freedom and highlighted the International Conference on Media Freedom to take place in London, England, on July 10 to 11, 2019, co-hosted by Canada with the U.K.
During her trip to Washington, D.C., and Dinard, France, Freeland held productive meetings with a number of her ministerial colleagues and said she used these meetings as an opportunity to highlight Canada’s steadfast support for a rules-based international order.