Canadian PM Justin Trudeau appears to forget Anthony Albanese’s name in awkward exchange
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to have forgotten Anthony Albanese’s name in an awkward exchange at the NATO Summit in Madrid.
Albanese was invited to visit Canada by his counterpart, with the pair reaffirming their “similar political perspectives” and commitment to action on climate change.
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The prime minister met with Trudeau in Madrid on Thursday morning local time, following the NATO Summit.
But when the cameras started rolling, they captured an extremely awkward handshake followed by the Canadian prime minister seeming to stumble over his words.
After initially welcoming him as “Prime Minister Albanese”, Trudeau went on to thank the “great progressive leader”.
“It’s a real pleasure to be meeting with, ah, a … ah, a great … progressive leader,” Trudeau said.
“We’re really really excited to have ah … ah a friend in Australia.”
However, despite the awkward stumble by Trudeau, Albanese described their one-on-one as “very successful” and an opportunity to work towards their “common view” on tackling climate change and increasing “social inclusion”.
“We have very similar political perspectives and Prime Minister Trudeau has invited me to visit Canada. I’ve invited him to visit Australia,” he said, speaking on the tarmac before his flight to Paris.
“We’ll wait and see when that happens sometime in the future.”
In Paris, Albanese will seek to mend the relationship with the French, after having represented the nation at NATO in Spain.
The prime minister spoke at the “extremely successful” NATO Summit on Wednesday, where he warned world leaders of China’s assertive and expanding influence in the Pacific, which he said threatened regional security.
“The communique that has arisen from the NATO Summit is one that Australia is strongly supportive of over the last couple of days,” he said.
“What we’ve seen is the world come together in rejecting the Russian aggression on Ukraine, but also having a reassertion of our shared commitment to democratic values of having a rules-based international order.”
It is yet to be confirmed whether Albanese will take up Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s offer to visit him in Kyiv as a show of support for his war-torn country.
– With AAP