On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the President of Slovakia, Zuzana Čaputová, as part of the President’s State Visit to Canada. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of National Defence, Bill Blair.
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Čaputová discussed the rich shared history between Canada and Slovakia, anchored in robust people-to-people ties spanning generations. They underscored the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries, demonstrated by the converting of Canada’s diplomatic office in Slovakia into a full embassy with a resident ambassador.
Welcome to Canada, President @ZuzanaCaputova! Our two countries have much in common – and are united on supporting Ukraine, defending democracy, taking climate action, and strengthening the Canada-Slovakia partnership. I’m glad we could talk about that and more today, my friend. pic.twitter.com/ASjxkL5p6c
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 30, 2024
The Prime Minister and the President further exchanged on their shared values, including democracy, the rule of law, diversity and inclusion, and climate action. They also reiterated their condemnation of Russia’s ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine. In addition, Prime Minister Trudeau commended Slovakia’s deployment of personnel in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Canada-led enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Latvia.
The two leaders noted the presence of an extensive business delegation accompanying President Čaputová. They welcomed prospects for increasing bilateral trade, which continues to grow since the conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.
Prime Minister Trudeau wished President Čaputová a successful visit to Canada, including on her engagements in Toronto, Ontario.