(No. 116 - March 26, 2010 - 2:10 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Senator Raynell Andreychuk will lead the Canadian delegation to the Arab League Summit in Sirte, Libya, from March 27 to 28, 2010.
“Senator Andreychuk’s participation in the Arab League Summit reflects the importance of Canada’s relations with the Arab world,” said Minister Cannon. “Her presence at this international event will send a clear signal to the organization and its members that Canada is committed to working with the Arab world, specifically in the areas of peace and security, human rights, and economic advancement.”
Founded in 1945, the Arab League is an organization of 22 Arab states from across Africa and the Middle East. The annual leaders’ summit brings together Arab leaders and observers to discuss the most important regional issues.
“The Arab League continues to play an influential role throughout the Arab world and beyond,” said Minister Cannon. “Canada welcomes this opportunity to engage with such a valuable international partner.”
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