Secretary Kerry Visits Ottawa

On October 28th, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Ottawa to conduct a series of bilateral meetings and to convey condolences to senior Canadian officials following last week’s attacks in Canada.

Secretary Kerry’s first stop was a visit to the National War Memorial with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird where the Secretary participated in a wreath-laying ceremony in tribute to two members of the Canadian Armed forces, Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who were killed in separate attacks last week.

While in Ottawa, Secretary Kerry met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Foreign Minister Baird and several senior Cabinet ministers and Members of Parliament. Discussions covered the full range of key international and bilateral issues, including the continuing threat posed by ISIL, solidarity with the Ukrainian people, promoting trade and travel across our shared border, and North American energy security.

Secretary Kerry’s visit underscored America’s solidarity with the Canadian people and the close friendship and alliance between our two countries. It also provided an opportunity for Secretary Kerry to reaffirm unwavering U.S. support for Canada, continued close cooperation in our joint efforts to counter violent extremism, and the U.S. commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Canadian neighbors and friends.