Ottawa, 7 June 2022 (TDI): The President of Chile, Gabriel Boric Font, paid a visit to Canada to enhance relations between the two countries.
He met with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. During the meeting, they reiterated their commitment to work together as progressive leaders on matters of mutual interest.
The leaders identified their interests, including promoting democracy and human rights, economic growth, environmental protection, and engagement with Indigenous Peoples.
Today, we welcomed President @GabrielBoric to Canada – and immediately got down to work. We spoke about how we can create jobs, strengthen trade, and help Canadian and Chilean businesses and entrepreneurs access new markets and reach new customers. pic.twitter.com/uFffxPRF67
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 6, 2022
Moreover, the leaders also pledged to work together to support internationally displaced persons, migrants, and refugees in the Americas. Especially those fleeing Venezuela to other countries.
The leaders expressed these points in a joint statement released during the visit.
Prime Minister Trudeau also announced Canada’s support for a Chilean initiative for the protection of oceans.
The “America for the Protection of the Ocean Declaration” is a Chilean initiative for countries to work together to protect the Pacific Ocean. Trudeau announced that Canada will co-sponsor the declaration. Chile has taken several steps to enhance environmental protection mechanisms in the Americas region.
In addition, both leaders condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and pledged their support to Ukraine.
Finally, the two leaders met with high school students to discuss climate change, leadership, democracy, and gender equality.
The Chilean Foreign Minister, Antonia Urrejola, also accompanied the President. She visited the Canadian Parliament to participate in an extended meeting with the Ministers of Canada.
Moreover, she signed an MoU with the Canadian Minister for Women and Gender Equality for cooperation in gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Chile and Canada established official relations in 1941. Both countries enjoy cordial ties, and cooperate in all areas of mutual interest and especially on American continental issues.
Cooperation in various fields is institutionalized by various bilateral agreements under the 2007 Canada-Chile Partnership Framework. The framework has been regularly updated to include more and more areas.
Furthermore, Chile and Canada are marking 25 years of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement.