Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he is looking forward to sitting down at the CARICOM table here next week during the bloc’s mid-term summit.
A day after Prime Minister Mia Mottley disclosed that Trudeau would be visiting Bridgetown , he too confirmed his plans to hold group talks with regional leaders who will be here for the CARICOM inter-sessional meeting as well as bilateral meetings.
According to the Canadian leader, those discussions will focus on the fight against climate change, including protecting oceans, job creation and sustainable economic growth.
In return, Canada is to seek the 15-nation grouping’s support for its bid to secure a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
With almost one million people of Caribbean descent living in Canada, Trudeau said he is anxious to deepen already strong ties between Canada and Caribbean.
In a statement, he said: “These relationships are based on shared values and partnerships in the fight against climate change, the promotion of democracy, trade, economic growth, and security.
“I look forward to meeting the leaders of the CARICOM to discuss how we can work together to strengthen the Caribbean, and build a better world.
Trudeau’s visit to Barbados comes almost three weeks after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks in Jamaica with seven selected Caribbean countries.
Mottley has opted not to send Foreign Minister Senator Jerome Walcott to Kingston, noting that the CARICOM grouping was not invited.