Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland Before Their Meeting
(camera shutters) QUESTION: Foreign Minister Freeland, how do
you respond to Secretary Pompeo’s comments disputing Canada’s claim
to the Northwest Passage? SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning. (Laughter.) QUESTION: Good morning. Thank you. FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: Yes.
Good to see everybody. Let me say a couple of things. First of all, Canada is very clear about
the Northwest Passage being Canadian. There is both a very strong historic and
geographic connection with Canada. Having said that, we collaborate closely
with all of the members of the Arctic Council. One country is our neighbor, our neighbor
to north and to the south, and we have a very close,
very fruitful collaboration. And actually, as we see the conditions of the Northwest
Passage changing with our changing climate, I think that’s actually grounds for closer
collaboration with the United States. SECRETARY POMPEO: The challenges in the Arctic
aren’t between the United States and Canada, let me assure you. There are others that threaten to use it in ways
that are not consistent with the rule of law. And so we’ll continue to have great conversations on
these issues with our close friends, the Canadians.