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21 Feb 2013

German Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Québec

Messrs. Link and Lisée at their meeting in Québec City (Photo: Catherine Mercier, MRIFCE)

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Michael Georg Link, held talks with Premier Pauline Marois and with the Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, Jean-François Lisée, during an official visit to Québec on February 14 and 15.

The discussions focussed on Québec’s place on the international scene and, more particularly, the role it is playing in the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement negotiations. Trade relations between Québec and Germany, renewable energies and the political situations in Germany and Québec were also on the agenda of the disucssions.

The Deputy Minister also met with Québec’s chief negotiator for the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Pierre Marc Johnson, and was received in the National Assembly by its president, Jacques Chagnon, and by several MNAs.

Lastly, Mr. Link gave a lecture at Université Laval’s Cercle Europe during which he presented the factors that had enabled the European Union to begin to emerge from the financial crisis. He then spoke about the importance of transatlantic ties and the need to work as a matter of urgency to conclude the negotiations of the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

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