(No. 339 - November 10, 2009 - 3:05 p.m. EST) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the formation of a new Lebanese government:
“Canada congratulates Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri on forming a new Lebanese government, and we offer our full support to him and to the people of Lebanon. We also commend the spirit of compromise shown by Lebanese leaders in reaching this agreement. I hope that the newly formed cabinet will be committed to upholding Security Council resolutions and to building a stable country that promotes peace and security in the region.
“Canada and Lebanon’s excellent relationship reflects the strong, active links between our two peoples. We look forward to working with the new government to support continued reforms, expand and diversify our trade relationship, and strengthen cultural and academic ties between our countries.
“Canada takes note of the participation in the cabinet by Hezbollah, an organization listed as a terrorist entity under our Anti-Terrorism Act. While Canada will have full contact with Prime Minister Hariri and non‑Hezbollah ministers, we will maintain our principled policy of having absolutely no contact with Hezbollah officials.”
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