Minister Josée Verner Meets Secretary-General of La Francophonie

(No. 52 - February 4, 2011 - 11:10 a.m. ET) The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister for La Francophonie, met with Abdou Diouf, Secretary-General of La Francophonie, during his visit to Canada this week.

The meeting was an opportunity for the Minister and the Secretary-General to follow up on the 13th Francophonie Summit, held last October in Montreux, Switzerland, and to discuss the implementation of the commitments made by the member states and governments of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) during the Summit.

Minister Verner and Secretary-General Diouf also discussed preparations for the 14th Francophonie Summit, which will take place in 2012 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and exchanged views on a variety of political situations in the francophone world.

“La Francophonie remains a major international actor, and its role is more important than ever in these tumultuous times,” said Minister Verner. “I congratulate the Secretary-General on his exceptional work as head of the organization, as well as on his firm and sustained commitment to peace, democracy and human rights.”

Minister Verner reiterated the government’s firm commitment to ensuring the prominence of La Francophonie in Canada and on the world stage, and to promoting the Canadian values shared by La Francophonie, such as human rights, the rule of law, freedom of expression and democracy. 

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