Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister attends ASEAN Meeting in Manila

Posted on 09 August 2017 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, participated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference and the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting in Manila, Philippines, where she marked Canada’s strong engagement with ASEAN over the past 40 years as a Dialogue Partnerr. The annual Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference and the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila, Philippines, from August 6 to 7, 2017.

Minister Freeland met foreign ministers and senior officials from all 10 ASEAN member states at the conference. On the occasion of the 50-year anniversary of ASEAN and the 40-year anniversary of ASEAN-Canada relations, this will be Minister Freeland’s first meeting with all ASEAN foreign ministers together. At the meeting, Minister Freeland will advocate for Canada’s regional security interests, defend human rights and gender equality, promote cooperation on countering violent extremism, support the rule of law, address the impact of climate change, and champion funding for humanitarian assistance. 

News Release

From Global Affairs Canada

August 7, 2017 – Manila, Philippines – Global Affairs Canada

 

Canada’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded on strong people-to-people ties and continues to grow through economic and security cooperation.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded her participation in the ASEAN-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference and the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting in Manila.

The meetings provided an opportunity for Canada to advance its interests in Asia and to promote regional cooperation and stability through multilateral institutions. At the ASEAN Regional Forum, the minister reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region and exchanged views with her counterparts from 26 governments on addressing key security issues, including the threat posed by North Korea and the rise of Daesh in Southeast Asia.

During her visit, the minister met bilaterally with counterparts and senior officials from Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the European Union. These bilateral meetings offered Canada an important opportunity to advance priorities on regional and international security, economic issues, human rights, Canadian consular issues, climate change and other challenges.

Minister Freeland announced 12 development-assistance and security projects totalling nearly $13 million. Together, these projects will help ASEAN member states improve domestic and regional security, combat terrorism and prevent human smuggling. The minister also announced roughly $7 million in humanitarian assistance for the region, focused on providing immediate life-saving support to the most vulnerable, including refugees, internally displaced persons and people suffering due to armed conflict and violence.

In addition, Minister Freeland announced, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, $10 million over five years to provide individuals from ASEAN member states, especially women, scholarships when undertaking short-term studies or research in Canada.

With the backdrop of the ASEAN Foreign Minister's Meeting Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland and Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vasantha Senanayake, met and discussed the Sri Lankan government’s peace and reconciliation efforts after a 26-year civil war ending in 2009. Canada is committed to supporting justice and the protection of human rights for all. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, had a bilateral meeting with Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada and exchanged views on measures to strengthen relations and enhance cooperation between the two countries.

 

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