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Ottawa, May 12 (Canadian-Media): François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, hosted May 12 the eighth call with his counterparts from countries affected by COVID-19, including Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom, media reports said.
François-Philippe Champagne. Credit: Twitter handle
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic was discussed by the ministers, and an agreement was reached that a coordinated multilateral response continues to be essential as economies begin to reopen and plan for next steps.
The present critical issue is facilitating cross-border movement of goods, services and people by maintaining supply chains open and connected while resisting protectionist trends.
The coordinated multilateral response will enable access to vital medical treatment and supplies, including personal protective equipment to those most in need.
The Ministerial Group committed to stay in close contact to monitor the impact on countries and refugees in conflict zones, and on re-opening and transitioning to a new normal, with the continuous evolving of the COVID-19 situation.