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The Minister of Foreign Affairs took stock of 2023 in an interview with Anne-Marie Dussault at 24•60.

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Mélanie Joly takes stock of an eventful 2023

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Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, gave an interview to Anne-Marie Dussault on the show “24•60 “.

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A global security crisis: this is how Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly describes the international situation in 2023. Between the bloody conflict in the Middle East, the continuation of the war in Ukraine and the increasing cost of life, anxiety and fear have set in everywhere, including in Quebec, she observes, recognizing that “the government must be able to respond to that”.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">These emotions are exploited by far-right parties which are gaining momentum almost everywhere, particularly in Europe and Latin America, as the recent elections in Argentina showed, she recalled in an interview with l& #x27;broadcast 24•60.

I always have fears for democracy, we must never hold it taken for granted, she confided to host Anne-Marie Dussault, sharing her concern about this rise in authoritarianism which wants to give more power to leaders and less to institutions.

Internationally, governments are facing difficult times, especially democracies. But there is great solidarity between democracies: never have there been so many G7 meetings, never have there been so many diplomatic meetings. Foreign ministers are very busy.

A quote from Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

The war between Israel and Hamas is among his current priorities. Ms. Joly recalled Canada's diplomatic position since the Second World War: It is support for the State of Israel and at the same time, the protection of civilians. Currently, it is certain that there is a great tension between these priorities, she admitted.

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Canada wants to put the two-state solution back on the table, even if there is a lot of skepticism, she continued. For her, it has been too long since parties on both sides have invested in this solution. Our job as a country that talks to many countries is to invite people to the negotiating table, she said.

She claims to have more meetings, including with counterparts she is not used to speaking to. She is due to meet in the coming days with the foreign ministers of Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, as well as with representatives of the Palestinian Authority. p>LoadingAmerican justice initiates new proceedings against Hunter Biden

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Nevertheless, there is no question of discussing with Hamas, a terrorist organization which must be destroyed and which Canada will never recognize.

Questioned by Anne-Marie Dussault on the fact that Canada has not condemned the Israeli bombings on Gaza, Ms. Joly admitted that there had been too much deaths among civilians.

Israel must show more restraint. Canada's role is to have this conversation with the Israeli government, a very difficult conversation, I must tell you, having had several.

A quote from Mélanie Joly, minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

But to the question of whether Canada was going to request a ceasefire, Ms. Joly did not answer directly, recalling that last week, Hamas, which takes the Palestinian population hostage, which uses it as a shield to protect its soldiers, had resumed hostilities during the humanitarian pause by launching a terrorist attack on Jerusalem.

The only way to end this war , she insisted, it is at the negotiating table, with Israeli and Palestinian voices, in order to find a way to move forward towards lasting peace in the region.

Why condemn Vladimir Putin when he targets civilian populations in Ukraine and simply call for restraint when it comes to Israel?, insisted Anne-Marie Dussault.

The minister took refuge behind international law, mentioning future investigations which will certainly take place on these issues.

The situation in Ukraine, she also insisted, is completely different. This is a state that invaded another state, while Israel is facing a terrorist organization. She reaffirmed Canada's desire to see the Palestinians have their own state to be able to exercise their right to self-determination.

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Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, on the set of “24•60”

Mélanie Joly said she was convinced that Russia will never win the war in Ukraine, which was a strategic error. Moscow is weakened economically, diplomatically and militarily, she believes.

She reiterated Canada's commitment to the Ukrainians, who are defending their own freedom, but also ours, because it is the borders of Europe that we are defending for the moment.

For her, the American elections, which will take place next year, will be decisive not only for Ukraine, but also for relations with China, a disruptive world power, but essential.

What will happen if Donald Trump returns to power? We know him well because we have already had to negotiate with him. We will always respect the voice of Americans, their choice in elections, and we will adapt to who works in the White House, she assured.

However, she took the opportunity to target the leader of the Conservative Party, Pierre Poilievre, who uses some of Donald Trump's rhetoric and whose party attacks women's rights, minorities and the environment.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">She regretted that he refused to ratify the free trade agreement between Canada and Ukraine. Between you and me, I never thought that the conservatives would make such a ridiculous decision, she told Anne-Marie Dussault.

In addition to the American elections, Mélanie Joly announces that the Arctic and Canada's sovereignty over this territory will be on her radar in 2024.

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In an interview with Anne-Marie Dussault on the “24•60” show, Mélanie Joly commented on Vladimir Putin's attitude.

At the end of the interview, Mélanie Joly was invited to react to portraits of heads of state. President Zelensky? A friend, for me, is courage. Vladimir Poutine? I never met him. Honestly, for me, it’s injustice and an atrocity.

From the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, she says she expects him to invest more of his power and influence for a two-state solution, because' he can't be the one to stop it. As for Antony Blinken, the American Secretary of State, whom she calls Tony, he is an intelligent man, an old hand at diplomacy.

And Xi Jinping, the Chinese president? A man with whom we must be able to ensure this dialogue while knowing that we do not always share the same interests.

A vision that aligns with that of pragmatic diplomacy, the only guarantee, she says, of greater peace and stability.

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