Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concludes successful visits to Cuba, Argentina
Argentina – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrapped up a productive official visit to first official visit to Cuba, where he reinforced Canada’s longstanding relationship with Cuba and identified a number of areas where the two countries could work even closer together. In his meetings with President Raúl Castro, Prime Minister Trudeau agreed to collaborate on climate change, gender equality, regional safety and security issues, as well as take steps to grow both economies and strengthen the middle class.
The Prime Minister also delivered remarks and responded to questions at the University of Havana, where he emphasized the importance of Canadian values related to gender equality, and building a stronger, more inclusive society. During his visit, the Prime Minister participated in a roundtable with civil society organizations to discuss diversity, race, gender, and LGBTQ2 issues. He also laid a wreath at the José Martí Monument, in memory of the Cuban national hero who became a symbol of liberty for Cuba and Latin America.
Trudeau said: “I would like to thank President Castro and the Cuban people for their warmth and hospitality. It is no wonder that so many Canadians keep returning every year to this beautiful country. The visit showed me how much we have in common, the tremendous opportunities that exist to build closer social and economic ties between our nations, and Cuba’s openness to frank and respectful exchanges on governance, human rights and other important social issues.”
He also successfully concluded visit to Argentina, where he took concrete action to strengthen Canada’s relationship with one of its largest trading partners in South America. During the meeting with President Mauricio Macri, the two leaders discussed issues of importance to Canada and Argentina – including the creation of good-paying, middle class jobs, the promotion of economic growth that benefits all citizens, increased collaboration on polar research, and the relaunch of consultative mechanisms on human rights and nuclear cooperation.
While in Buenos Aires, the Prime Minister met with members of the Argentina-Canada Chamber of Commerce and participated in a roundtable organized by the Canadian Council for the Americas. In these meetings, the Prime Minister highlighted how Canadian companies already consider Argentina an important market and commercial partner. He also noted that Canadian businesses recognize the potential for increased commerce with Argentina as the country implements an ambitious, inclusive, and sustainable economic plan with a strong focus on international trade and investment.
“My first official visit to Argentina has reaffirmed that both of our countries have much in common with respect to diversity, inclusive growth, and prosperity. We look forward to building on our relationship with Argentina – particularly with regard to trade and investment –creating real opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.” Justin Trudeau