U.S. secretary of state visits Ottawa in advance of G7 meeting in France

OTTAWA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived on Parliament Hill for a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the upcoming G7 summit.

Discussions with the prime minister will centre around a number of hot-button issues, including relations with China and the detention of two Canadians there.

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Pompeo also wants to talk about U.S. efforts to put together a coalition in order to protect ships in the Strait of Hormuz from the Iranian regime, and how to restore democracy to Venezuela.

The meeting is a follow up to Trudeau's June meeting with President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., and a phone call the two leaders held last week.

After his meeting with Trudeau, Pompeo will visit the National War Memorial and lay a wreath, before moving onto a series of meetings with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

The G7 countries meet in France this weekend for their annual summit; the last one took place in Canada and ended in a tense spat between Trudeau and Trump over trade issues.

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