(Ottawa) Foreign Minister Marc Garneau will stay in one of the hotels scheduled for mandatory quarantine for three days starting Wednesday after returning from the UK where he is attending the ministers’ first face-to-face meeting of Foreign Affairs and Development of the G7 for over two years.
Posted on May 3, 2021 at 6:10 p.m.
Updated at 19:20
Syrine Khoury, spokesperson for Mr. Garneau, said he will abide by the same rules every Canadian must follow after traveling outside the country, including performing PCR tests for COVID-19 before and after boarding their flight to Canada and staying in a government approved hotel for three days.
Mme Khoury said he had traveled to the UK with his communications director Ricky Landry and that they would both perform a total of seven tests for COVID-19 during their trip, including rapid tests daily while attending G7 meetings.
She said the British government had decided to allow ministers attending G7 meetings and their employees to come to the UK without lending themselves to about 40.
“Accredited people coming for the G7 do not have to do quarantine,” she said.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab hosts the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ meeting in central London, where participants will follow strict measures related to COVID-19, including daily testing and distancing social.
The office of International Development Minister Karina Gould said she did not visit London because the UK government decided she should participate virtually.
Mr. Garneau received his first injection of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on March 15.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced last month that Mr Garneau would attend G7 meetings in person.
The ministry said G7 ministers would seek to coordinate efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure equitable access to vaccines.
He said they would also discuss tackling climate change, boosting food security and promoting girls’ education.
The ministers will also study threats to human rights and democracy and regional security challenges in many countries, including China, Russia, Burma, Libya, Syria, North Korea and Iran.
Mr. Garneau will also participate in the 12e Arctic Council ministerial meeting on May 19 and 20 in Reykjavic, Iceland, the ministry said.
The meeting will bring together foreign ministers from the eight Arctic states as well as six Arctic circumpolar indigenous organizations, including three Canadian groups.
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