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

(No. 35 - January 21, 2010 - 12:15 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will travel to Washington, D.C., on Friday, January 22, 2010, to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss key priorities and emerging issues, including our response to the disaster in Haiti and the meeting of foreign ministers I will chair in Montreal on January 25, which will lead up to a major conference on Haiti's reconstruction," said Minister Cannon.

Minister Cannon and Secretary of State Clinton will also discuss Canada's leadership in the upcoming G8 foreign ministers meeting to be held in Canada in 2010. Their agenda will also include the upcoming international meetings on Yemen and Afghanistan, as well as Arctic cooperation.

"Canada and the United States are strong partners at home and abroad, and we will continue to collaborate on a wide range of shared international priorities and to build on our productive relationship," said Minister Cannon.

Before their meeting, Secretary of State Clinton and Minister Cannon will hold a photo opportunity. After the meeting, the Minister will hold a media availability at the Canadian Embassy.

Event: Photo opportunity
Date: Friday, January 22, 2010
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Media attending the photo opportunity must enter at the 23rd Street entrance no later than 2:00 p.m. Identification will be required.

Event: Media availability
Date: Friday, January 22, 2010
Time: 4:15 p.m. ET
Location: Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Media attending the availability must register in advance by calling the Embassy Media Relations Office at 202-682-7732. Camera crews must enter at the C Street entrance.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874