U.S. sec­re­tary of state to meet PM, Freeland ahead of G7 sum­mit

Talks to fo­cus on co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, for­eign policy and se­cu­rity mat­ters

The Peterborough Examiner - - Canada & World -

OTTAWA — U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo will visit Canada later this week to meet with Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Freeland.

Their meeting comes in ad­vance of the G7 sum­mit of the world’s seven big economies, which gets un­der­way later this week in Biar­ritz, France.

Freeland’s of­fice says she will host the meet­ings Thurs­day in Ottawa, where dis­cus­sions will fo­cus on Canada-U.S. co-op­er­a­tion on var­i­ous do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional is­sues, in­clud­ing key se­cu­rity and for­eign policy mat­ters.

The meeting is be­ing billed as an op­por­tu­nity to build on the out­comes of Trudeau’s June visit to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., where he met with U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and dis­cussed relations with China, as well as the con­tin­ued de­ten­tion of Cana­di­ans Michael Spa­vor and Michael Kovrig. A state­ment from Pom­peo’s of­fice said he ex­pected the dis­cus­sions in Ottawa to fo­cus on the “broad and multi-faceted U.S.-Canada strate­gic part­ner­ship and iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties to ad­vance our shared goals, in­clud­ing returning democ­racy to Venezuela and the re­lease of the two Cana­dian cit­i­zens ar­bi­trar­ily de­tained by China.”

Trudeau spoke with Trump by tele­phone on Fri­day, where the Cana­dian de­ten­tions in China came up again, as did the on­go­ing un­rest in Hong Kong.

Trump and Trudeau also dis­cussed chal­lenges in the global econ­omy, with an ex­pec­ta­tion they would fur­ther those dis­cus­sions to­gether in per­son at the G7 sum­mit later this week.

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