Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the Women's Entrepreneurship Finance event at the G20 Summit, in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Evan Vucci

September 15, 2020/Ottawa, Ontario/-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke today with the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, to discuss global issues as well as COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Prime Minister Trudeau and Chancellor Merkel spoke about ongoing efforts in Canada, Germany, and around the world, to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed the importance of building back better, supporting businesses and promoting a green recovery, and working with vulnerable countries to facilitate an inclusive recovery. The two leaders discussed global efforts to develop a vaccine and the need to ensure equitable vaccine access for all countries.

The Prime Minister and Chancellor also discussed recent global developments. They exchanged views on China, with the Prime Minister noting with thanks that the arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens was raised at the recently concluded EU-China virtual summit. They also discussed relations with Russia and reiterated their condemnation of the poisoning of Russian political opposition figure, Alexei Navalny. The two leaders also discussed the situation in Belarus and the importance of peaceful democratic change.

Prime Minister Trudeau and Chancellor Merkel looked forward to continued cooperation between Canada and Germany to advance shared priorities.

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