Ottawa, Ontario - April 9, 2019

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Prime Minister Trudeau congratulated President Grabar-Kitarović on becoming Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, a highly prestigious organization of current and former women Presidents and Prime Ministers.

The two leaders also discussed relations with China. Prime Minister Trudeau raised the cases of Canadians arbitrarily detained in China, and stressed the importance of upholding the rule of law and respecting the independence of the justice system.

The Prime Minister thanked the President for Croatia’s early ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The two leaders welcomed the economic benefits CETA has brought to both Canada and Croatia, including new opportunities and markets for business and jobs for people in both our countries.