Canada aims to use Commonwealth summit to address impact of Russian war: Goodale

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid his respects to victims of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide successful Kigali, Rwanda wherever helium is attempting to physique statement with Commonwealth nations to forestall a caller humanitarian crisis.

Trudeau is the archetypal Canadian Prime Minister to sojourn the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which serves arsenic the last resting spot of much than 250,000 victims.

Trudeau laid a wreath astatine 1 of the tombs and crossed himself arsenic members of the Rwandan subject stood defender and played a somber melody connected the bugle horn.

More than 800,000 were killed implicit 100 days, including Tutsis, mean Hutus and others during the conflict.

Trudeau is successful Rwanda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting wherever helium hopes to rally enactment for Ukraine successful its combat against the Russian invasion, and supply enactment to combat the geopolitical fallout of the conflict.

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The Commonwealth is made up of 54 autarkic nations with historical ties to the British Crown, which unneurotic correspond astir 2.5 cardinal people.

The countries scope from immoderate of the richest economies successful the satellite to immoderate of the poorest.

Several of those poorer countries successful the Commonwealth person felt the pangs of famine that’s becoming a pressing contented astir the satellite arsenic entree to atom from Ukraine and Russia person been constricted by the war.

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Ukraine, nutrient situation expected predominate Trudeau’s trio of planetary summits

Trudeau is expected to conscionable with the summit’s host, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, aboriginal this evening earlier attending a authorities meal with Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly.

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It volition beryllium an accidental to effort triumph enactment for an improbable Commonwealth statement connected the struggle betwixt Ukraine and Russia.

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Rwanda was 1 of 10 Commonwealth countries who abstained from a United Nations ballot to condemn Russia’s actions successful Ukraine successful March.

Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Ralph Goodale says the Canadian delegation hopes to marque an interaction successful captious conversations astir the conflict, arsenic good arsenic different cardinal issues similar nutrient information and clime change.

Goodale, who serves connected the committee of governors of the Commonwealth, says Canada has a larger level to basal connected astatine the acme due to the fact that different planetary powers similar the United States, Russia and China are not there.

“We volition person important contributions to marque to immoderate precise captious planetary discussions,” Goodale told reporters successful Kigali connected Wednesday.

“There are countries successful the Commonwealth that are precise straight affected by the menace of starvation. And that’s brought connected by a batch of factors, including clime change, but it’s peculiarly present the effect of the warfare successful Ukraine and Russia’s aggression,” Goodale said.

“It’s critically important for Canada to person the accidental successful a forum similar this, wherever you truly spot the interaction of the warfare successful Ukraine, for Canada’s dependable to beryllium there.”

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This volition beryllium the archetypal clip Commonwealth Heads of Government person met successful idiosyncratic since 2018. The 2020 summit, similar astir events, was postponed due to the fact that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trudeau arrived successful Kigali connected Wednesday but the authoritative invited ceremonial begins Friday. Leaders are expected to beryllium down for a bid of closed-door meetings Friday and Saturday.

Though galore satellite leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, are expected to beryllium successful attendance for the acme discussions, different leaders person opted to enactment home.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and caller Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese are among the absentees.

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