Minister Cannon Concludes Productive Meeting with North American Counterparts

(No. 197 - July 16, 2009)The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded a productive meeting in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa.

“Today, Secretary Clinton, Secretary Espinosa and I were able to build on the tradition of collaboration between our three countries as we examined some of the key issues and challenges facing our continent and how to deliver concrete results,” said Minister Cannon. “Our peoples, our economies, our environments and the challenges we face are deeply connected.”

During their meeting, Minister Cannon and secretaries Clinton and Espinosa shared perspectives on a range of issues, including the North American response to the economic downturn, the potential for trilateral cooperation on clean energy and climate change, citizen safety and the expansion of foreign-policy coordination on regional issues.

“The recent H1N1 influenza outbreak demonstrated how, as continental partners, we can work effectively together to manage a crisis,” said Minister Cannon. “I look forward to further collaboration with the U.S. and Mexico, as our countries prepare for the upcoming North American Leaders’ Summit in Guadalajara in August.”

While in Washington, Minister Cannon also met with National Security Advisor James Jones, with Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and with Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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