Foreign Affairs Minister to welcome U.S. Secretary of State

News release

August 19, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will welcome Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, to Ottawa on August 22, 2019.

The Minister will host meetings with the Secretary of State to discuss Canada-U.S. cooperation on bilateral, regional and global issues, including key security and foreign policy matters. During the visit, the Secretary of State will meet with the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

The visit will also provide an opportunity to further strengthen the Canada-U.S. economic, security and defence partnership, building on the outcomes of Prime Minister Trudeau’s most recent visit to Washington, D.C., and his meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Information for media

Media representatives wishing to cover those portions of the visit that are open to the media will be required to show their Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery credentials. Those who are not members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery or previously accredited for this visit should email for accreditation. A full program will be available and shared via a media advisory on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.


“Canada remains a strong friend and partner of the United States. Canadians and Americans are better off when we work together to support peace and security, sustainable development and economic growth.”

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

Quick facts

  • Canada and the United States share the longest, secure non-militarized border in the world, which some 400,000 people and $2.6 billion worth of goods and services cross daily.

  • On August 15, 2019, Canada and the United States implemented the new Canada-U.S. Preclearance Agreement, which will expand the possibility of preclearance for travellers at land, rail and marine facilities in both countries, as well as at additional airports. The agreement also opens the door for the preclearance of commercial cargo. The two countries have a long history of successful preclearance operations, with almost 15 million passengers a year currently precleared for flights to the United States from Canada’s eight largest airports.

  • Canada and the United States are committed to increasing border security by working cooperatively to:

    • address threats early
    • facilitate trade, economic growth and jobs
    • integrate cross-border law enforcement
    • bolster critical infrastructure and cybersecurity
  • The United States is Canada’s most important ally and defence partner. Defence relations are long-standing and well entrenched.

    • Canada and the United States have worked side by side in the North American Aerospace Defense Command since the organization was created in 1957.
    • Canada and the United States cooperate closely in support of international peace and security.

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