Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today receive his Canadian counterpart, Rob Nicholson. Laurent Fabius will discuss the key international issues on which France and Canada cooperate closely: the situation in Ukraine, the fight against Daesh, and the Iranian nuclear issue. They will discuss the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement between the EU and Canada. They will also focus on preparations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. (...)
In general, France and Canada share a same vision of international relations: commitment to multilateralism, focusing on international security issues as well as promoting democracy and good governance. The two countries have seats in numerous fora (NATO, G8, OECD, OSCE, OIF…). More specifically, there is close cooperation between France and Canada on issues of common interest such as cultural diversity (UNESCO Convention), peacekeeping operations (Afghanistan, Haiti, Africa), and development assistance (2006 agreement promoting joint actions). Moreover, exchanges of experience on social issues (health, immigration, security, reform of the state) have been particularly successful.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon (SPM) represents a critical issue in Franco-Canadian relations. Following the arbitrator’s decision in June 1992 regarding SPM’s Exclusive Economic Zone, France and Canada signed an agreement in 1994 governing fisheries and regional cooperation with Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces. A joint commission meets annually to strengthen this cooperation.
Updated on 05.02.12
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