Canada hopes to spur action at Commonwealth to address impact of Russian war: Goodale

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KIGALI, Rwanda -

Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Ralph Goodale says the Canadian delegation hopes to marque an interaction successful captious conversations astir clime alteration and planetary nutrient insecurity among Commonwealth nations successful Rwanda this week.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly arrived successful the superior Kigali connected Wednesday evening to be the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting implicit the adjacent 3 days.

They've expressed that their ngo is to physique enactment for Ukraine successful its ongoing struggle with Russia, enactment planetary unit connected Russia to cease aggressions, and assistance code immoderate of the geopolitical fallout of the war.

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.

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 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.

"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."

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.

Trudeau is besides expected to wage his respects astatine the Kigali Genocide Memorial connected Thursday successful representation of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi people.

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.

This study by The Canadian Press was archetypal published June 23, 2022.  

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