Secretary Tillerson traveled to Ottawa, Canada, December 19 to meet Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and other officials. The leaders discussed U.S.-Canadian coordination on a range of global and regional topics and renew their commitment to make the U.S.-Canadian border more secure and more efficient.
“The close partnership between Canada and the United States rests on common economic interests and common values. This partnership enables us to collaborate on subjects like trade, investment, energy and the environment, the security – border security, defense, and global issues. So I really appreciate this opportunity to further discuss the relationship between Canada and the United States when it comes to important bilateral, regional, and global issues that have a great effect on the lives of both Canadians and Americans.” -
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, remarks during a press availability in Canada
The Secretary underscored both the United States and Canada’s shared objectives to maintain a strong trade relationship, defeat terrorism, and to cooperate on a number of threats around the world, including North Korea.
Secretary Tillerson highlighted the strong economic ties between our nations. The Secretary said, “Our countries enjoy the most extensive economic relationship you’ll find anywhere in the world, and there are a number of opportunities to grow that relationship – important opportunities – and build on the strengths of both countries in the years ahead.”
Secretary Tillerson expressed gratitude to Canada for their role in the global effort to defeat ISIS. The Secretary stated, “We appreciate Canada’s significant contributions to the coalition to defeat ISIS, to their – both their military and their humanitarian assistance to address the needs of that region that has been under conflict for some time. Canada has pledged millions of dollars of support in humanitarian assistance, which is very important to relieving the suffering of people who are only now being liberated from the clutches of ISIS.”
Secretary Tillerson discussed efforts by the United States and Canada to address the continued threat of North Korea. The Secretary commented on the United States' and Canada's intent to co-host a ministerial meeting in January 2018 in Vancouver to continue to find ways to advance the pressure campaign against North Korea. This meeting, Secretary Tillerson noted, will support the international community's onging efforts to North Korea a unified message: "we will not accept you as a nuclear nation, a nuclear weapons nation, and that all of us share one policy and one goal, and that is the full, complete, verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
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