Minister Flanagan meets new Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers21 January 2015
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today met Canada’s new Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers, to discuss the potential for building on Ireland’s strong relationship with Canada.
Earlier today, Mr. Vickers presented his credentials to President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin.
Following their meeting in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Minister Flanagan said:
“I’m delighted that Ambassador Vickers has been able to take up his post so soon after his nomination by the Canadian government. He brings to this role both his close personal ties to Ireland and his long experience of service to the Canadian people. This ideal mix will serve Irish-Canadian relations very well during his time here.
“In our first meeting, we discussed the great potential for further developing Ireland’s relations with Canada and building on our already strong business, political and cultural links.
“Ireland’s trade with Canada is worth at least €2.75 billion. We discussed expanding relations in terms of trade and tourism where major investments and growing air links between our countries offer many opportunities. The recent conclusion of the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA) will also offer Ireland particular opportunities in terms of increased trade with Canada, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic economies.”
“It is my intention to continue high-level political engagement in 2015, building on the visit to Dublin last year by my Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister John Baird.”
21 January 2015