The President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, is on an official visit to Canada. In Ottawa, the head of state held a series of meetings with high-level officials. The President met with the Governor General of Canada, E. S. Mary May Simon, with whom she discussed the security environment in the region and how our country is affected by the consequences of Russia's war against Ukraine, the refugee relief measures undertaken by the Chișinău Government and how Canada can continue to support these efforts.
The head of state also discussed the reforms the government is carrying out to strengthen democracy and the country's economy. The President highlighted the fight against corruption as a priority and discussed the possible introduction of sanctions by Canada for fugitive oligarchs who stole our citizens' money.
President Maia Sandu had a meeting as well with the Speaker of the House of Commons of the Canadian legislature, Anthony Rota. The head of state participated in a round table with members of the Canada-Moldova Parliamentary Friendship Group in the House of Commons and representatives of several legislative committees.
At the same time, during the meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau, President Maia Sandu also had an exchange of views with Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly and National Defence Minister Anita Anand.
The President discussed as well the solidarity efforts undertaken by the Republic of Moldova since the beginning of the war to help Ukraine. In this context, the head of state, together with Vice-Speaker Alexandra Mendès, inaugurated an exhibition of emotional photographs in the Canadian Parliament, depicting the moments when the government and the entire society managed the flow of refugees from Ukraine.