Minister Cannon to Meet with U.S. Secretary of State and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Washington, D.C.

(No. 196 - July 15, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will travel to Washington, D.C., on July 16 to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa.

“Many of the challenges we face as a continent today require joint Canadian, Mexican and U.S. solutions—solutions that respect our differences as sovereign countries, but that take into account our interdependence as neighbours,” said Minister Cannon. “I look forward to meeting with secretaries Clinton and Espinosa to discuss these challenges and to look at how we can further collaborate in the best interests of our citizens.”

In their meeting, Minister Cannon and secretaries Clinton and Espinosa will discuss key issues that the three countries face individually and as a region, including the economy and North American prosperity, energy and climate change, the health and safety of citizens, and hemispheric matters.

“As a continent, we share many interests,” added Minister Cannon. “We need to continue working together to ensure the health and safety of our citizens and the continued prosperity of North America as we work toward economic recovery.”

The meeting will be followed by a joint media availability.

Event: Joint media availability
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009
Time: 1:15 p.m. EDT
Location: U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, D.C. Media enter at 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives wishing to participate in the availability are requested to RSVP by calling the Embassy of Canada in Washington’s Media Relations Office at 202-682-7732.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Catherine Loubier
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
international.gc.ca