Foreign Affairs Minister to attend Asean meetings in Singapore
Ottawa – Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs has announced she will participate in the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference and the AseanRegional Forum (ARF) in Singapore on August 3 and 4.
The Minister has also been invited to deliver the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Fullerton Lecture on August 2 in Singapore. The Institute is a forum for leaders from around the world to discuss security and geopolitical issues. In her remarks, she will address how Canada, together with its partners in Asia and around the world, can and must step up to support and renew the international rules-based order.
During her visit to Singapore, the Minister will meet with counterparts from Asia and around the world to advance Canadian priorities and coordinate international efforts on pressing political and security issues, such as the threat posed by North Korea, the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar and the defence of human rights. The Minister will also highlight Canada’s strong engagement with Asean over the past 41 years.
“As a Pacific nation, Canada is proud to stand with our Southeast Asian partners to advance peace, security and prosperity for people in the region and globally. We will continue to work together to protect and promote our shared values and interests.” – Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs