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Garneau quarantined at hotel after returning from G7 ministers meeting in UK

Garneau quarantined at hotel after returning from G7 ministers meeting in UK

Foreign Minister Marc Garneau will stay in a quarantine hotel for three days starting Wednesday after returning from the UK, where he will attend the first face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign and development ministers since more than two years.

Garneau spokeswoman Syrine Khoury said he would abide by the same rules every Canadian must follow after traveling outside the country, including doing COVID-19 PCR tests before and after boarding his flight to Canada and stay in a government approved hotel for three days. .

“There is no special treatment for Minister Garneau. He will go through the same process as all Canadians, ”she said.

Khoury said Garneau had traveled to the UK with his communications director Ricky Landry and that they would both perform a total of seven COVID-19 tests during their trip, including daily rapid tests while attending G7 meetings.

She said the UK government has decided to allow ministers to attend G7 meetings and their aides in the UK without remaining in quarantine.

“Accredited people coming for the G7 do not have to do quarantine,” she said.

Garneau received his first injection of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on March 15.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab hosts the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ meeting in central London, where attendees will monitor strict COVID-19 measures, including daily testing and social distancing .

The office of International Development Minister Karina Gould said she did not visit London because the UK government decided she should participate virtually.

Garneau will participate in the Arctic Council

The Garneau department announced last month that it would attend G7 meetings in person.

The department said G7 ministers would seek to align efforts with tackling 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 are also studying threats to human rights and democracy and regional security challenges in many countries, including China, Russia, Myanmar, Libya, Syria, North Korea and Iran.

Garneau will also attend the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council on May 19-20 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.

This article was produced with financial assistance from the Facebook Stock Exchange and The Canadian Press.

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