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Irish prime minister to march with Trudeau in Montreal's Pride parade

Last Updated Aug 15, 2017 at 1:20 pm EST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, speaks to the media as Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks on at Farmleigh House, Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Dublin. Leo Varadkar, Ireland's taoiseach, or prime minister, will join Trudeau at Montreal's Pride parade during a three-day visit that gets underway Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

OTTAWA – Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s taoiseach, or prime minister, will join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Montreal’s Pride parade during a three-day visit that gets underway Saturday.

The two leaders met in Ireland in July, shortly after Varadkar took office as the country’s first openly gay prime minister.

Trudeau says he and Varadkar plan to discuss issues related to diversity and inclusion and how both countries can benefit from the Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, which goes into effect next month.

Trudeau’s office says the Sunday event will mark the first time a foreign leader has joined the prime minister in a Canadian Pride parade.

The prime minister stresses the close ties between the two countries, saying over 4.5 million Canadians claimed Irish ancestry in 2011.

He also says the two-way economic links are strong.

“Our two countries enjoy strong family ties, common values, and a shared history,” Trudeau said in a statement. “Now we are collaborating again to ensure that CETA creates good, well-paying middle class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.”