Visit of Mr. Douste-Blazy to Canada (March 16-17, 2006)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Douste-Blazy, visited Ottawa and Montreal on March 16th and 17th.
This visit was planned for much earlier, however the elections prevented it from happening any sooner. Being shortly after the formation of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new government, this visit is dedicated to the importance of the political dialogue that exists between Canada and France.
Mr. Douste-Blazy, who was accompanied by a delegation of legislators, went first to Ottawa on Thursday, March 16, where he had talks with his counterpart, Peter Mackay. They discussed the main international issues, in particular Afghanistan, the Iranian nuclear issue, the situation in the Middle East and in Haiti.
The ministers also considered multilateral dossiers as well as bilateral relations and matters where the two countries had close consultations such as cultural diversity, Francophony, development issues and efforts to combat climate changes.
- Entretien et conférence de presse de M. Douste-Blazy
avec son homologue canadien, M. Mackay au Parlement
(Ottawa 16 mars) Photo : © F. de la Mure/MAE
In Montreal on Friday, March 17, the minister met with Quebec Prime Minister Jean Charest. They had discussion preparations for the 2008 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of Quebec, various aspects of Franco-Quebecois cooperation and Francophony.
- Entretien de M. Philippe Douste-Blazy,
avec M. Jean Charest, Premier ministre du Québec
(Montréal, 17.03.06) Photo : © F. de la Mure/MAE
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