Today, the HR/VP Federica Mogherini met with Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion in Brussels, following their meeting yesterday in Paris with the European and the Canadian delegations.
They had a broad discussion on the pressing foreign policy issues notably the situation in Syria and Iraq, Libya, the Middle East Peace Process and Ukraine and Russia as well the migration and refugees challenge.
HR/VP Mogherini and Minister Dion agreed there was scope to intensify dialogue and cooperation between EU and Canada in all these issues.
They also stressed on the importance of effective multilateralism and of reinforcing cooperation in the UN framework.
As COP 21 is ongoing in Paris, they discussed the prospects for the conference and the need to work together on climate diplomacy post COP 21. Opportunities of possible cooperation in the area of cultural diplomacy was mentioned.
HR/VP Mogherini and Canadian Minister Dion also reviewed the current excellent cooperation between the EU and Canada, Canada being one of the closest strategic partners of the EU.
They looked forward to the further intensification of the EU-Canada relationship following last year's conclusion of the negotiations on the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The SPA agreement will enrich the political dimension of the relationship and deepen ties across a wide range of sectors from foreign, security and defence policy, but also in areas such as education, transport, energy, the Arctic or science and technology. They agreed to review the EU-Canada agenda for 2016, in the framework of the 40th anniversary of the EU-Canada Framework Agreement.