Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began a series of closed-door meetings in Rwanda on Friday to try to rally Commonwealth countries behind Canada’s climate goals and vision for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Canada’s head of government arrived in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Wednesday, but the summit does not officially begin until Friday.
The Prime Minister’s agenda includes a meeting with the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.
Ukraine and Russia have been vying for support from Africa as the violent conflict continues, leading to a global spike in the cost of fuel and a shortage of grain products that could severely penalize some African countries.
Justin Trudeau also has on his agenda talks with the leaders of Antigua and Barbuda, a country located in the Caribbean Sea, as well as Ghana and Zambia.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Trudeau was scheduled to meet one-on-one with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, but this meeting has been postponed to a later date not yet determined.