Minister of State Kent to Discuss Canada’s Engagement in the Americas with Key European Partners

(No. 394 - December 18, 2009 - 4:15 p.m. EST) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas) travelled to London and Madrid from December 14 to 17, 2009, to advance shared objectives for the Americas with British and Spanish ministers and senior officials.

“This visit to the United Kingdom and Spain constituted an important opportunity for Canada to demonstrate our long-term commitment to the Americas to two key European partners,” said Minister of State Kent. “We held detailed discussions on the region, on topics including how Canada can work together with the United Kingdom, Spain and the European Union to advance shared objectives in the Americas.”

While in London, the Minister of State met with British political leaders including Gareth Thomas, Minister of State for International Development, and Chris Bryant, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State responsible for South America at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

During his visit to Madrid, Minister of State Kent held meetings with Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, Secretary of State for Latin America, Enrique V. Iglesias, Secretary General of the Secretaría General Iberoamericana [Ibero-American Secretariat], and other officials.

“In our discussions in Spain, we touched on Canada-Spain cooperation in the Americas once Spain takes on the EU presidency in January 2010,” said Minister of State Kent. “We look forward to working closely to advance our shared objectives.”

In both cities, Minister of State Kent also participated in round tables with academics and members of think tanks focused on the Americas.

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