Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with President of France Emmanuel Macron

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with President of France Emmanuel Macron

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.

The Prime Minister and the President unequivocally condemned Hamas’ terrorist attacks against Israel and expressed support for Israel’s right to defend itself in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law. The leaders called for the immediate release of all hostages being held by Hamas.

Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron expressed deep concern over the potential for escalation in the region and the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. The leaders expressed their shared grief over the disturbing loss of civilian life and extended their heartfelt condolences to those whose families and communities have been affected by the violence. They agreed on the importance of unimpeded access to live-saving humanitarian aid for Palestinian civilians, and the Prime Minister underscored the need for sustained humanitarian pauses. Prime Minister Trudeau welcomed France’s efforts to support civilians, including its hosting of the International Humanitarian Conference for the Civilian Population in Gaza on November 9.

The two leaders discussed the need to work together with partners in the region toward a future where Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace, security, and dignity, without fear. They also discussed the importance of combatting antisemitism and Islamophobia at home and abroad. They emphasized the value of close coordination and partnerships in responding to pressing global challenges.

Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron also talked about the worsening humanitarian, security, and political crises in Haiti. They agreed that an inclusive political consensus is needed to create the conditions for the reestablishment of democratic order in Haiti.

The leaders committed to continue working together to promote the safe and responsible use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), including through forums like the Global Partnership on AI.

Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron highlighted the strong bilateral relationship between Canada and France, and looked forward to future opportunities to connect, including through the Franco-Canadian Council of Ministers. They agreed to stay in close and regular contact.


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