Statement by Minister Cannon on Situation in Egypt

(No. 35 - January 27, 2011 - 6:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement concerning the protests taking place in Egypt:

"Canada regrets the loss of life of both protestors and police officers during political demonstrations in Egypt. We urge all parties to refrain from violence, and, in particular, we urge the Egyptian authorities to respond to these protests peacefully.

"Canada calls on all parties to remain calm and to continue to respect freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We call on the Government of Egypt to ensure that freedom of expression is respected by, among other measures, unblocking Internet sites.

"Egypt remains an important partner for Canada, and we urge the Egyptian government to ensure full freedom of political expression for its citizens."

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