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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ms. Joly have been in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, since Wednesday for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where discussions focused on the concerns of nations suffering from food shortages.

In a press conference on Saturday, Mr. Trudeau pointed the finger at Russia, blaming it for exacerbating the food crisis.

In several places in the world, we are experiencing food insecurity. With Ukraine’s export routes blocked or war-induced fertilizer price hikes, Vladimir Putin is making the food crisis worsedenounced the Prime Minister.

Mr. Trudeau assured that Canada will help the countries most affected, in particular with the investment of 250 million additional dollars announced Thursday to support the main humanitarian organizations in the field of food.

We had the chance to explain this situation, to demonstrate that it is caused by Russia, and also that Canada is there to help. »

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Trudeau said Canadian grain transportation companies are on hand to help get grain to countries in need.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his stay in Rwanda.

Photo: AP/Dan Kitwood

The Prime Minister also criticized Russia’s disinformation and misinformation, including the misinformation that the food crisis was caused by Western countries’ sanctions against Russia. I was very clear: there are no penalties on foodsaid Mr. Trudeau.

He explained that the crisis is due to direct attacks from Russia, including a few days ago, with missiles launched at grain warehouses and with their blockades of the port of Odessa and other ports, which prevent millions of tons of corn and wheat from leaving Ukraine towards countries in need in the Middle East and Africa.

According to Mélanie Joly, Russia was targeting Ukrainian ports and grain elevators, which prevents the grain from reaching the countries that need it.million lives at risk”,”text”:”What is clear to us is that Russia is wreaking havoc in many countries around the world and putting 50million lives at risk”}}”>What is clear to us is that Russia is wreaking havoc in many countries around the world and putting 50 million lives at risksaid Minister Joly on Friday evening in Rwanda.

Minister Joly affirmed that Canada is in listening mode within the Commonwealth, where the leaders of small countries can express themselves without the dominating presence of the United States, Russia and China.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (left) greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Kigali Convention Centre.

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The Prime Minister announced on Saturday a new investment of $250 million dedicated to advancing crucial issues such as global health, gender equality and sexual and reproductive health.

Thirty million dollars will be invested in various projects to share information and promote solutions to counter the climate crisis. It will also be used for peace and security support projects on the African continent.

During Saturday’s press conference, Mr. Trudeau also addressed the issue of the energy transition. He said he looked forward to continuing discussions over the next few days with Germany and other European partners not only on near-term energy needs but also on transforming cleaner energy sources, which needs to be accelerated because of Russia’s actions.

Much of the infrastructure that could be built for natural gas will also be used for hydrogen. All the investments we are making […] must be used in this transition to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels in the coming yearssaid Mr. Trudeau.

He added that Sunday’s G7 meeting will be used in particular to find possible solutions.

Sexual health services

Mr. Trudeau also took advantage of his speech to denounce the situation around abortion in the United States. He said $120 million will be spent on 11 projects that support gender equality in Commonwealth countries.

This includes a foundation for sexual health and reproductive rights in Nigeria as well as research projects to improve the health system.

At a time when women’s rights are under attack in many places around the world, we must and will continue to invest in increasing access to safe sexual and reproductive health services for women everywhere. »

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In addition, $94 million will be dedicated to funding education, including $80 million for the Canadian International Development Scholarship Program 2030.

New ambassador

Justin Trudeau recalled that he was going to convert the Canadian office in Rwanda into a high commission, which will increase the capacity of the diplomatic services. In addition, an agreement was signed regarding Canada-Rwanda air transport so that the two countries are better connected.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attempted to meet with African Union Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat during the Commonwealth Summit, but the meeting was repeatedly postponed and ultimately cancelled.

Justin Trudeau had his photo taken with summit participants.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Paul Chiasson

Shortly after Mr. Trudeau’s arrival in Rwanda, the federal government announced that Canada will appoint a new ambassador to the African Union, several member countries of which are suffering from food shortages following the war between Russia and the United States. ‘Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin met with representatives of the African Union. Russia blames sanctions on its country for the disruption of grain transportation.

Climate change

For his part, Justin Trudeau is traveling to the Bavarian Alps, Germany, on Saturday evening for the G7 Summit, where the conflict with Ukraine will be a priority.

The Canadian foreign minister said she spoke with her G7 counterparts on Friday and expects starvation and the safe passage of Ukrainian refugees to be the main topics of discussion.

Prime Minister Trudeau also promised to give a central place, during his international meetings, to the concerns of young leaders who spoke during a dialogue activity on Saturday.

They spoke of the devastating effects of climate change, especially around remote island nations where infrastructure cannot withstand natural disasters and reconstruction efforts take years.

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