The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded a successful visit to Spain where he met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to continue deepening our bilateral relationship, which is characterized by shared values like protecting democracy and human rights, and our strong economic ties.
The Prime Ministers issued a joint statement on opportunities to enhance cooperation on our shared priorities including taking ambitious climate action, advancing gender equality, and building strong economies that benefit people in both countries and create good middle-class jobs. The leaders also spoke about issues of shared interest including democracy, human rights, digital policy, as well as regional issues in Sahel, Latin America, and the Indo-Pacific.
Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Sánchez strongly condemned Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine. They also agreed on the need to sustain momentum in responding to Russia’s aggression and committed to continue working together with international partners to address the impacts of the conflict, including food, energy, and economic security and food security.
This visit concluded a 10-day trip by the Prime Minister to Rwanda, Germany, and Spain, where he met with leaders to continue working closely with global partners and democracies around the world to address the real challenges people are facing today, while rising to meet the opportunities of tomorrow.
While in Rwanda, the Prime Minister drove action on food security, climate change, gender equality, and other key priorities at the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. At the meeting, the Prime Minister announced nearly $500 million to make life better for people in the Commonwealth and beyond, including $250 million in emergency food assistance.
The Prime Minister then headed to Germany to participate in the G7 Summit, where he met with his counterparts to continue advancing our shared priorities, strengthen unity, and coordinate efforts to support Ukraine. During the G7, he announced new, targeted sanctions against Russia and Belarus, and $151.7 million in new humanitarian, development, and peace and security support for Ukraine and a new $200 million loan to Ukraine through the International Monetary Fund.
Following the G7 Summit, the Prime Minister participated in the NATO Summit in Madrid, Spain, where he met with Allies to advance transatlantic security and strengthen the Alliance. Canada also made announcements on additional military support to Ukraine, strengthening NATO’s eastern flank, and expanding Canada’s diplomatic presence in Armenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Latvia.