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Date: 25 Sep, 2018
Source: The Barbados Government Information Service

Barbados’ deep and long friendship with Canada was underscored recently when Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a bilateral meeting, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Trudeau said he was looking forward to talking with Mottley about the opportunities they have to work together.

“There are significant challenges that you are facing and Canada is glad to be . . . working with you to make sure we are moving forward in a way that is right for the people of Barbados. I very much admire your strength of leadership and look forward to working with you,” he told her.

Mottley said the countries’ friendship was premised on a deep abiding faith in values. “Barbados and Canada both stand as beacons for those values that would promote peace and seek to promote inclusive growth among our populations,” she stated.

Prime Minister Mottley acknowledged that Barbados was going through its own difficulties, but noted that from time to time people and countries go through some adversity. She stressed that it was during those difficult times that a friend was needed.

She said she was aware of Canada’s continued role in ensuring that its values and those of this country’s were reflected across the global community. She gave the assurance that Barbados would play its part in ensuring that such values would continue to be promoted.