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January 28, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he is visiting Kyiv, Ukraine, from January 31 to February 1. He will then head to Rome, Italy, to attend a ministerial meeting of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on February 2.
During his trip to Kyiv, Minister Dion will meet with his counterpart, Foreign Affairs Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He will also meet with members of the Ukrainian parliament. During these meetings, Minister Dion will reaffirm Canada’s support for Ukraine as it continues to build a prosperous, stable and secure future.
In Rome, Minister Dion will engage with his counterparts in discussions on the situations in Iraq and Syria, as well as the growing threat from ISIL in Libya, progress in coalition operations, the stabilization of liberated areas and the safe and enduring return of refugees and displaced persons.
“Canada is committed to deepening our long-standing relations with Ukraine to our mutual benefit. To this end, we are encouraged by Ukraine’s persistence in implementing a broad range of political and economic reforms, which are critical to ensuring a better future for all Ukrainians. Canada does not recognize Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to support the full implementation of the Minsk agreements in order to bring peace to Ukraine.
“Canada remains deeply committed to the fight against ISIL and, in consultation with our allies and partners, we are looking at options to redefine our role within the coalition to better leverage Canada’s expertise while complementing the work of our coalition partners to ensure maximum effect.”
– Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Since April 2014, the Ukraine crisis has killed more than 9,000, injured more than 20,000 and displaced more than 1.5 million people, according to a report issued on December 9, 2015, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
- In February 2015, a package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements was released. Its ultimate goal is the realization of a lasting peace for Ukrainians.
- Canada provides multi-faceted assistance to Ukraine as it implements numerous reforms aimed at stabilizing its economy, and strengthening its governance and security.
- Following ISIL’s seizure of territories in Iran and Syria in 2014, Canada joined the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, and participates in five lines of coalition efforts, including providing military support to partners, impeding the flow of foreign fighters, stopping ISIL’s financing and funding, exposing ISIL’s true nature and supporting stabilization.
- Sixty-five coalition partners have committed themselves to the goals of eliminating the threat posed by ISIL and have already contributed in various capacities to the effort to combat ISIL.