Minister Garneau meets Ukrainian foreign minister and deputy prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration on margins of conference on Ukraine
July 7, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today met with Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.
During the conference, Minister Garneau condemned Russia’s destabilizing behaviour in Ukraine and expressed Canada’s strong support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity. He emphasized the importance of anchoring Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence in strong institutions and a strong democratic process, which can only be achieved through the continued implementation of reforms. He commended Ukraine for the progress made so far, notably toward decentralization, and the greater effectiveness, accountability and transparency of Ukraine’s parliament. He also stressed the need for continued reforms to reinforce the rule of law, secure the independence and integrity of the judiciary and fight corruption.
Minister Garneau and Deputy Prime Minister Stefanishyna also discussed their mutual desire to increase trade between the 2 countries and their common commitment to advancing gender equality through feminist policies.
In their bilateral meeting, Minister Garneau and Minister Kuleba reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate to seek justice, transparency and reparations for the families of the victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, which was shot down by Iranian missiles in January 2020. Minister Kuleba also updated Minister Garneau on plans for the upcoming Crimea Platform Summit.
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