The Quebec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, is in Yerevan, Armenia, where she attended the 31st Session of the Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie.
She presented the main priorities of Quebec in the Francophonie, particularly in terms of “economic Francophonie”.
Ms. St-Pierre also took advantage of this forum to discuss initiatives and Québec’s leadership in the fight against greenhouse gases while the United Nations Conference on Climate Change will be held soon in Paris.
“When I spoke, I dealt with concrete actions that Quebec takes on this issue among others of the exchange of carbon of course […] and the electrification of transportation,” Has -she mentioned in an interview with The Canadian Press.
Christine St-Pierre has also promoted the candidacy of Sherbrooke for the organization of the Francophone Games in 2021.
“This city is ready, it has the necessary means as much sporting as cultural, staff, accommodation facilities,” she explained to his interlocutors.
She said the committee responsible to analyze the candidature files will bring the province in early November for four days.
With the approach of the visit, the Minister has not sought to hide his optimism.
“I’m very confident,” she said.
Furthermore, Ms. St-Pierre posed a symbolic gesture.
“I have submitted to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, the motion passed by the National Assembly on the commemoration of the Armenian genocide …. It was a very touching moment. It was a move that cost nothing, but it was very, very full of meaning, “she said.
Finally, Christine St-Pierre briefly discussed the tragedy that occurred in neighboring Saturday morning.
“It’s unheard of sadness. Obviously there is no one who is indifferent with respect to that, “she said, speaking of the attack the most violent in the history of Turkey that left at least 95 dead.
The Francophonie Ministerial Conference is one of three bodies enshrined in the Charter of the Francophonie Summit and with the Permanent Council of the Francophonie.
The International Organization of la Francophonie brings together 80 states and governments.