Minister of Foreign Affairs concludes visit to Sedona, Arizona

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April 22, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Canada-United States partnership is essential to our shared prosperity and security, and today the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, concluded her visit to the Sedona Forum in Arizona. 

The Sedona Forum is The McCain Institute’s annual, high-level gathering of national and international government, business, academic and civil society leaders held in the red rock country of Sedona, Arizona. 

While at the Forum, the Minister met with U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster to discuss international security cooperation between the two countries. She also led a discussion on human rights in Russia, Ukraine and Syria and met with human rights activists from Russia and Syria, as well as Ukrainian Member of Parliament Mustafa Nayyem. At the Sedona Forum, the Minister met with Senator John McCain (R) of Arizona and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) of Minnesota to discuss approaches and solutions to trade, energy and security issues.



“Canada and the United States have the longest, most peaceful and mutually beneficial partnership of any two countries.

“Venues like the Sedona Forum offer a key opportunity to underscore the importance of working together to create more opportunities for the middle class on both sides of the border—as well as how we can advance democracy, human rights and national security.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick Facts

  • This was the Minister’s first time attending the Forum since becoming Minister of Foreign Affairs. She previously participated in 2013.

  • The Sedona Forum aims to advance leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity in the United States and around the world.

  • The McCain Institute was founded by U.S. Senator John McCain in partnership with Arizona State University.

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