Foreign Affairs Minister to attend Ukraine conference in London and G20 Summit in Hamburg
July 4, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced today that she will attend the Opportunity Ukraine conference in London, United Kingdom, on July 6, followed by the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7 and 8.
Hosted by the governments of Ukraine and the United Kingdom, the Opportunity Ukraine conference will bring together foreign ministers from G7, EU and NATO countries, as well as representatives of international financial institutions and civil society. Conference participants will examine progress made in Ukraine’s reform efforts over the past three years and set out priorities for further advancing these reforms.
Following the conference, the Minister will accompany Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg on July 7 and 8. At the G20 Summit, Canada will promote inclusive economic growth, progressive international trade, gender equality, and action on climate change.
“We have been unequivocal in our support for Ukraine, and we condemn in the strongest terms the invasion and illegal annexation of Crimea. Canada is committed to supporting the people of Ukraine in their efforts to implement deep and sustainable democratic and economic reforms, and as they work to build a secure, stable and prosperous future.”
- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs
Canada was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence, on December 2, 1991.
The Canada-Ukraine bilateral relationship is strengthened by deep people-to-people ties, rooted in the 1.3-million-strong Ukrainian-Canadian community.
Since January 2014, Canada has committed over $700 million in much-needed assistance to Ukraine, including $400 million in low-interest loans to help Ukraine stabilize its economy; over $245 million in bilateral development assistance projects aimed at advancing democracy, rule of law and sustainable economic growth; over $74 million to support Ukraine’s stabilization and strengthen its security sector; and over $27 million in humanitarian assistance to help vulnerable people affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The G20 Summit brings together the leaders of major advanced and emerging economies, and Germany will host this year’s summit under the theme Shaping an Interconnected World.
The Minister attended the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bonn, Germany, in February 2017.
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