Ottawa – Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has announced that she will welcome James Cleverly, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, to Toronto, today.
During the visit, the ministers will discuss ways to advance transatlantic security cooperation, particularly in the face of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Ministers Joly and Cleverly will also discuss the importance of maintaining pressure on the Russian regime in response to its illegal invasion, notably through coordination on sanctions, as well as accountability efforts to ensure that perpetrators of war crimes are held responsible. They will also discuss global issues of mutual interest, such as their enhanced engagement in the Indo-Pacific region, which is critically important for the long-term prosperity, health and security of Canadians and central to addressing challenges related to global stability and climate change.
This visit will build on the already profound and historic relationship between Canada and the United Kingdom and will reaffirm our countries’ commitment to promoting common values, such as preserving and promoting the rules-based international order.
“Canada and the United Kingdom are long-standing friends and allies. I look forward to welcoming Foreign Secretary Cleverly for his first official visit to Canada and discussing ways to increase cooperation in an age of great geopolitical instability.” – Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs