Foreign Minister Mark Garneau will be staying in a quarantine hotel for three days starting on Wednesday after returning from the United Kingdom, where he is attending the first meeting of the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers in two years.
Guernio spokesman Sirin Khoury said he would follow the same rules that every Canadian has to do after traveling outside the country, including doing PCR. COVID-19 Testing before and after your flight to Canada and staying in a government approved hotel for three days.
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“There is no special treatment for Minister Guernio. She will go through the same process as every Canadian, ”she said.
Khure said that Guarnio traveled to the UK with his communications director, Ricky Landry, and that they would both conduct a total of seven COVID-19 tests during their trip, including daily rapid tests while attending G7 meetings.
He said that the UK government has decided to allow ministers and their staff to attend the G7 meetings to remain in the UK.
“Accredited people coming for the G7 don’t have to do a quarantine,” she said.
Garneau received his first shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on 15 March.
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UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is hosting a meeting of the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers in central London, where participants will follow stricter COVID-19 measures, including daily testing and social disturbances.
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International Development Minister Kareena Gold’s office said she did not travel to London because the UK government decided that she should participate in fact.
Garneau’s department announced last month that it would participate in the G7 meetings in person.
The department said that the G7 ministers will align efforts to fight the COVID-19 epidemic and ensure equal access to vaccines.
It said that they would also discuss tackling climate change, increasing food security and advancing girls’ education.
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The minister is also looking into the dangers of human rights and democracy and regional security concerns in several countries, including China, Russia, Myanmar, Libya, Syria, North Korea and Iran.
The department said that Guarnio will participate in the 12th Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in Reykjavik, Iceland on 19–20 May.
The meeting will include foreign ministers from eight Arctic states as well as six circulatory Arctic indigenous organizations, including three Canadian groups.
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