Canadian PM to attend Francophonie Summit in Madagascar

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to attend the Francophonie summit in Madagascar.

Before travelling to Madagascar, Trudeau will be in Liberia where he will meet with the country’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Canada has committed millions of dollars in aid to Liberia, through the Global Fund, to help with access to HIV and tuberculosis drugs, as well as bed nets to provide protection from malaria.

“This visit to Liberia and Madagascar demonstrates Canada’s renewed commitment to Africa. We want to strengthen relations with our African partners and advance issues such as the rights of women and girls, gender equality, health, and peace and security,” Trudeau said in a statement released by his office.

In Madagascar, the island country off the continent’s east coast, Trudeau will attend the annual summit of French-speaking countries, where he will push for further action on climate change.

L’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, which hosts the meeting, is currently led by Michaëlle Jean, the former Governor General of Canada.

“The French language and culture have played a defining role in shaping the bilingual, diverse country that is Canada today and I am proud to participate in the summit for the first time. I look forward to building new ties with Francophone countries around the world and working closely to tackle the challenges we collectively face,” the prime minister said in the statement.

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