Vilnius, 12 July 2023 (TDI): On the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The prime ministers spoke about the current wildfire situation in Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau thanked Prime Minister Hipkins for New Zealand’s assistance in fighting wildfires.
Considering that New Zealand has also experienced severe climate-related catastrophes this year, both presidents emphasized the need of working together to address the consequences of climate change in both nations and throughout the world, as well as their support for the Global Carbon Pricing Challenge.
Prime Minister Trudeau emphasized New Zealand’s importance to Canada as a friend and partner, as well as an Indo-Pacific Ally to NATO. The leaders underlined their support for Ukraine as it fights back against Russia’s cruel and indefensible assault.
The two leaders pledged to keep in touch and collaborate to advance shared interests and confront common issues in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Erdogan talked about working together on common goals including trade and investment, people-to-people relationships, and collective security.
The Premier applauded Turkey’s decision to confirm Sweden’s NATO membership.
Moreover, the two leaders highlighted Ukraine’s sustained assistance in the face of Russia’s cruel and unjustified invasion, and Prime Minister Trudeau praised President Erdoan for his leadership on the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Erdogan underlined Canada and Turkey’s commitment to enhancing cooperation and deepening economic connections as NATO Allies and bilateral partners.
This political and military alliance was founded to enhance the stability of the Euro-Atlantic region and to protect the freedom of its peoples, based on democratic, individual liberty, and the rule of law ideals.
Canada was a founding member of the Alliance and has been a member ever since. NATO is an important contributor to worldwide peace and security, as well as a pillar of Canadian security and military strategy.