Minister Cannon to Participate in London Meetings on Yemen and Afghanistan

(No. 37 - January 22, 2010 - 4 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will travel to London on January 27, 2010, to attend a meeting of foreign ministers on the subject of Yemen, after which he will participate in the January 28 London Conference on Afghanistan.

"I look forward to attending the London meeting on Yemen, a country facing difficult economic and political challenges, including the growing threat of Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula," said Minister Cannon. "I met with Yemen's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abubaker Alqirbi, earlier this week in Ottawa and assured him that Canada is committed to exploring, with its international partners, the best ways to help Yemen fight terrorism and ensure its development."

At the London meeting, representatives of the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and several European, Asian and Middle Eastern countries, as well as representatives of international organizations, will discuss how the international community can assist Yemen to address its various security, political and social challenges.

On January 28, Minister Cannon will participate in the London Conference on Afghanistan. The conference will focus on security, development and governance, and international and regional coordination.

"At the London Conference on Afghanistan, Canada will work with its international partners to continue to help Afghans rebuild their country as a stable, democratic and self-sufficient society, especially with regard to security," said Minister Cannon.

"Holding this conference demonstrates the international community's will to work with the new Afghan government to deliver a coordinated political, civil and military effort to counter the insurgency and provide good governance and development for the people of Afghanistan."

More than 65 delegations will attend the London Conference. It will be followed later this year by the Kabul Conference, which will further the initiatives put forward in London.

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