Minister Cannon to Participate in ASEAN Meetings in Vietnam

(No. 232 - July 20, 2010 - 4:10 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will take part in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Post Ministerial Conference and the ASEAN Regional Forum in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 22 and 23, 2010. At these meetings, he will engage with his counterparts on prominent global and regional issues.

“Canada values the relationship we have with ASEAN and our partners in the broader Asia Pacific at all levels,” said Minister Cannon.

“From our significant people-to-people ties to our strengthened trade and investment links, Canada and ASEAN have a solid foundation on which to build a forward-looking and meaningful partnership,” said Minister Cannon. “We will continue to advance our work on security issues and bolster our cooperation on democracy, governance and human rights.”

ASEAN is composed of 10 Southeast Asian countries. The ASEAN Regional Forum includes the ASEAN member states, Canada and 16 other members.

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