Blinken heading to Canada on first official visit

His itinerary, confirmed by the State Division, will embrace face time with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa and a go to to a neighborhood heart supporting Ukrainian refugees with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

A cease in Montreal the place his Canadian counterpart, International Minister Mélanie Joly, is from, has additionally been labored into the schedule the place the pair will go to a Quebec lithium recycling facility.

It’s been practically a month since Blinken welcomed Joly in Washington, D.C., for her second go to to the U.S. capital since being sworn in as overseas minister a yr in the past.

Since that go to, the U.S. launched its up to date Arctic technique, formed by targets to each fight local weather change and drive financial progress.

“We look ahead to persevering with to work carefully with Canada to make them a actuality,” Blinken mentioned of the nation’s ambitions within the area.

Canada is the final G-7 nation to be visited by Blinken, having made a number of journeys to Italy, Japan, France, the UK and Germany in his 21 months in workplace.

President Joe Biden has but to go to Canada throughout his presidency, regardless of “ongoing discussions” about timing.

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