US Secretary of State Blinken visits Ottawa and will meet Trudeau

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OTTAWA — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ottawa today, where he will meet with Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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The trio will sit down for official talks on support for Ukraine, human rights in Iran and US refugee policy.

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They will also talk about the humanitarian crisis in Haiti, which required foreign military intervention.

Joly said Washington and Ottawa want to deepen their relationship ahead of major summits next month hosted by the G20 and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forums.

Blinken’s two-day visit ends in Montreal, where he will visit a lithium recycling plant and talks will focus on business and electric vehicles.

His first official visit to Canada comes less than a month after Joly’s trip to Washington.

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