Minister Cannon to Visit Algeria and Qatar

(No. 10 - January 7, 2011 - 11:45 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will visit Algeria from January 9 to 11, 2011, and Qatar on January 12 and 13.

While in Algeria, Minister Cannon will meet his counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mourad Medelci, as well as other ministers, to further the solid relationship that Canada and Algeria enjoy. Minister Cannon will also engage key members of Canadian industry to help promote Canada's commercial and economic interests in the country.

In Qatar, Minister Cannon will co-chair the 7th Forum for the Future of the G-8-Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative (BMENA) with Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani. Minister Cannon will build on the momentum generated this year under Canada's leadership of the G-8 BMENA Initiative by fostering deeper engagement and improved consultation between governments and civil society. He will also build on the strong bilateral relationship with Qatar and Canada's enduring commitment in the Gulf region.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Lynn Meahan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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