Remarks at the joint media availability with the Nordic Prime Ministers
Well, thank you, Katrín, for hosting us in this beautiful, beautiful place. It’s a pleasure to be back in Iceland, but it’s mostly a pleasure to be able to sit down with such strong and like-minded friends as the Nordic countries. We are… We share a northern perspective. We share values. We share a way of looking at the world to solve the challenges both for ourselves, our citizens, and others, and that has meant these have been incredibly constructive and productive conversations. We covered a huge range of topics, but obviously top of mind is the security situation with both Russia and the threat to security that climate change represents, particularly in the Arctic. Our conversations around how we continue to stand strong as NATO allies in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine, but also the impacts on Arctic security and how we continue to stand strong for our peoples.
We talked about Indigenous issues. We talked about a range of challenges that we each share, that we can coordinate on better and draw on each other for strengths and solutions.
Canada is grateful for this opportunity to meet with our allies and talk about building a clean economy, fighting climate change, and making the world a safer place, especially given Russia’s recent actions, defending rights and capacities and protections for everyone, including women, the 2SLGBTQI+ community. These are issues we all agree on.
Obviously, this is just an opportunity, yet again, to work with friends on the issues that all of our citizens are faced with back home, to which there are global solutions, and making sure we are engaging with our most like-minded partners is a way of making sure we are delivering for people back home, but also around the world. So, thank you again Katrín for inviting me.