Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on the sidelines of the G7 Summit.
Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Draghi exchanged notes on advancing G7 priorities, including climate action, energy, critical minerals, democracy and governance of the digital space. The leaders discussed the global growth outlook for 2022 and the negative economic fallout from Russia’s war on Ukraine, and agreed on the need to control inflation to foster sustainable growth and development.
Prime Ministers spoke of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine and agreed on the importance of continued military, financial and humanitarian support to the government and people of Ukraine. The two leaders expressed their common concerns about the broader global impacts of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, especially for countries in the South, and agreed to maintain close coordination with their partners and allies to combat food insecurity. Discussing the need to reduce European dependence on Russian oil and gas, they agreed to further cooperate to facilitate a just transition to green and sustainable economies.
Leaders welcomed the 75th anniversary of bilateral relations between Canada and Italy and pledged to further deepen areas of mutual priority, including increasing bilateral trade and investment and facilitating the creation of good jobs in both country.
The leaders were looking forward to a further engagement at the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, in the coming days.