Canada Joins U.S.-Backed Pacific Group to Strengthen Ties with Island Nations – Draft Speech

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly will announce on Thursday that she is joining a group including the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom that aims to strengthen economic ties with Pacific island nations, a source familiar with the matter said.

“We are pleased to be part of the early discussions to help frame this initiative, and I am pleased to announce that Canada will join as a full member,” Joly told diplomats on the sidelines of the General Assembly. United Nations in New York, according to a draft of his speech seen by Reuters.

“Canadians will be affected by the decisions made in the Indo-Pacific region and we want to be at the table,” she plans to say Thursday afternoon at an event hosted by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. indicated the source.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Chris Reese)

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