On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, on the margins of the first ever Canada-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit on Canadian soil. He was joined by the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, Marci Ien.
The prime ministers underscored the launch of the Canada-CARICOM Strategic Partnership and how it will help build on the already strong, longstanding relationship between Canada and CARICOM members. Prime Minister Mottley thanked Prime Minister Trudeau for his commitment toward regional collaboration and for Canada’s hosting of CARICOM leaders.
Glad we could spend some time together this evening, @MiaAmorMottley – your friendship, your leadership, and your insights are always appreciated. I hope you enjoyed your time in Canada, my friend. pic.twitter.com/fjbuQx0BYZ
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 20, 2023
The two leaders highlighted their collaboration on shared priorities, particularly advancing the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals and climate resilience, building inclusive and sustainable economies, defending the rules-based international order, as well as strengthening regional security and stability. They also spoke about the importance of improving access to concessional financing, including by exploring channeling Special Drawing Rights to climate funds that are accessible to small-island developing states.
Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated Canada’s commitment to working with CARICOM, the UN, and other international partners to re-establish peace and security in Haiti.
Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Mottley looked forward to making progress on shared priorities and remaining in regular contact.